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    Question about shipping

    A Glock was left at my home a few months back. I have made attempts to get the owner to pick it up but he has not returned to retrieve it. I am currently not licensed. Would someone be able to advise me on if/how I can legally mail or transport this firearm. The FedEx and UPS sites are a bit confusing.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitty View Post
    A Glock was left at my home a few months back. I have made attempts to get the owner to pick it up but he has not returned to retrieve it. I am currently not licensed. Would someone be able to advise me on if/how I can legally mail or transport this firearm. The FedEx and UPS sites are a bit confusing.

    Thanks!
    You can't just mail a gun. Do you have any contact with the owner at all? If you were to transport it yourself would you cross a state line? if so what states? If you were to ship it I would believe that you would have ot use an FFL dealer to ship it to another for the other person to pick it up and if you have not been in contact wit them that wouldn't work either.

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    Tell the guy you're going to turn it in to the police to destroy if he doesn't come and get it. And follow through if he wont. Just be sure not to walk into the police station with a gun.

    If he wants it but won't come to get it, you need to find a gun shop near him, and then ship it to that shop from your local shop. It will cost you anywhere from $20 - $50 for the FFL transfer fee (paperwork) plus actual shipping charges; so make him reimburse you. Whatever you do, DO NOT mail it or ship it via FedEx, UPS, or DHL on your own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitty View Post
    A Glock was left at my home a few months back. I have made attempts to get the owner to pick it up but he has not returned to retrieve it. I am currently not licensed. Would someone be able to advise me on if/how I can legally mail or transport this firearm. The FedEx and UPS sites are a bit confusing.

    Thanks!
    Let me get get this correct. A Glock was left at your home and you cant get the owner to get the gun.

    A few questions...1) How do you know that it is a Glock and/or gun? 2) Is the owner the person who shipped the gun? 3) How was it shipped, i.e. FedEx, UPS, USPS etc. 4) Was this package addressed to you or correctly sent to your address?

    If the owner mailed it to you and won't come and get it, that should raise some serious red flags. I wouldn't take it to the police department myself, but I would arrange for it to get there and destroyed.

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    Well, the owner is a male friend who just sort of disappeared a few months back. He is a Law Enforcement Officer so I'm hesitant to turn it over to my local PD for fear that there will be repercussions to him considering he should be more responsible with his firearms. Especially if its a department issued side arm. Its a 27 (w/ankle holster), very popular with police.

    We are both in FL (a few hrs apart) but currently have no contact. I have attempted to reach him but recieved no reply. Yes, I realize its very strange!

    If I'm understanding you all correctly, I can ship it from a dealer to a dealer and just advise him of where he can pick it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedrider View Post
    Let me get get this correct. A Glock was left at your home and you cant get the owner to get the gun.

    A few questions...1) How do you know that it is a Glock and/or gun? 2) Is the owner the person who shipped the gun? 3) How was it shipped, i.e. FedEx, UPS, USPS etc. 4) Was this package addressed to you or correctly sent to your address?

    If the owner mailed it to you and won't come and get it, that should raise some serious red flags. I wouldn't take it to the police department myself, but I would arrange for it to get there and destroyed.
    In response...

    1) It says its a Glock right on the side. Glock 27 Austria .40
    2) The owner never shipped it to me but left it at my home after visiting.

    This is a very confusing/embarassing situation. The owner was someone I was dating (or thought I was). We spoke several times in the weeks after he left it and he repeatedly stated that he'd just get it when he came back. Well that was months ago and I have not heard from him nor has he replied to my effort to reach him.

    Its been 3 months, its not my gun but as long as its in my home, its my responsibility and liability. Its absurdly irresponsible for him to leave this at my house. I have children through here, realtors showing my home as well as numerous robberies in my neighborhood in the past few months am I'm not licensed to have it.

    I just don't know what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitty View Post
    Its absurdly irresponsible for him to leave this at my house.
    To me, this is the main point. Especially if he's an LEO. Personally, I would call my local PD and explain the situation. If he has repercussions because of it, then so be it. Maybe he needs a wake-up call. Only an idiot would leave one of their guns like that...just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    Only an idiot would leave one of their guns like that...just my .02

    I agree Beefy but wasn't sure if I was overreacting! I actually thought Gee, maybe people do this all the time, I don't know.

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    Sorry, Kitty. I didn't mean for you to have to go into all of that. I don't know the gun possession laws of FLA. Good luck.

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    He's a LEO and left his gun?? Forget the shipping it to him. Call your local PD, explain the situation, and see if they will send an officer over to relieve you of the responsibility of a gun in your home that you don't want. As for the repercussions for the guy that left the gun, oh well. He should have know better. If he does contact you and wants the gun, give him the name and number of the PD department and let him try to get his weapon back from them.

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    Thanks! You guys are great. I'm relieved to hear from responsible gun owners that I'm not over reacting. This truly is bad gunmanship, especially for a LEO. I'm also glad I didn't go driving it to UPS only to get arrested myself!

    I'd like to assure all of you that I have stored it in a secure place in my home out of reach of children and/or eyesight of any other visitors and will deal with it responsibly even if he won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitty View Post
    Thanks! You guys are great. I'm relieved to hear from responsible gun owners that I'm not over reacting. This truly is bad gunmanship, especially for a LEO. I'm also glad I didn't go driving it to UPS only to get arrested myself!

    I'd like to assure all of you that I have stored it in a secure place in my home out of reach of children and/or eyesight of any other visitors and will deal with it responsibly even if he won't.
    Well, I applaud you because many people in your situation may not be as responsible, or even care to find out what to do with it. You are definitely not overreacting, and you would be doing the right thing by calling your local PD. Good luck and keep us informed.

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    Well here is a suggestion that no one has made yet...

    Buy some ammo and KEEP THE GUN! These are some of the most desirable guns on the market and for many people, its a Glock or nothing.

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    Well, I applaud you because many people in your situation may not be as responsible, or even care to find out what to do with it.
    That credit goes to my Dad (RIP). A US Military Vet who raised us right! Believe me, I was shocked at some of the suggestions I had gotten elsewhere from "Throw it in the river" to "Bury it." I just knew I'd be having nightmares for the rest of my life about some 12 yr old finding it.

    Glad I made it to the right place with you guys here to help!!!

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottaschultz View Post
    Well here is a suggestion that no one has made yet...

    Buy some ammo and KEEP THE GUN! These are some of the most desirable guns on the market and for many people, its a Glock or nothing.

    Scott
    I've thought about it. I'd obviously get licensed myself, etc. Is this legal. I would quess that its registered to its rightful owner. What would happen if I went to register it to myself and didn't have a bill of sale/transfer, etc. or does it even need to be registered?

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    On a side note, do you know if the gun is loaded or not? If you're not sure, and do not know how to clear the gun (we can explain it if need be) whatever you do, DO NOT touch the trigger. Glocks do not have the traditional manual safeties other guns do and if it is loaded and you hit the trigger hard enough, it could fire. Just look at what happened to poor Plaxico.

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    If he is LEO then it apparently is not his duty weapon or he's already in a butload of trouble. If you keep it he can easily say you stole it and you could be in a butload of trouble.

    If he bought the weapon new then there is a paper trail that leads to him. I can't see a cop not taking advantage of the discounts that Glock give LEO but even if he got it on his own if it was from a shop there is a paper trail.

    I'd turn it in so that weapon then has no ties to you. Some LEO are not all that nice an can use their badge to do a he said she said and the LEO will likely come out ahead there.

    "I was dating her your honor and she must have taken it from me when we had what I can only describe as a bad breakup".

    I guess if you could show the attempts to get him to retrieve the weapon then it can be considered abandoned property then it's yours.

    Does Fla require a lic to own or just carry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    On a side note, do you know if the gun is loaded or not? If you're not sure, and do not know how to clear the gun (we can explain it if need be) whatever you do, DO NOT touch the trigger. Glocks do not have the traditional manual safeties other guns do and if it is loaded and you hit the trigger hard enough, it could fire. Just look at what happened to poor Plaxico.
    It is loaded. I had to take a moment and research who Plaxico is! I'm learning so much here today Thanks for the heads up on this safety aspect of the Glock. Scary since I've moved it about 20 times since its been here but at least I know not to touch the trigger.

    I'd feel better if it were cleared so any help would be appreciated.

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    push the button on the near the trigger guard and drop the magazine. Then without your finger in the trigger guard and pull the slide all the way back. The chambered round should fall out then and just let go. It will be empty then,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    I guess if you could show the attempts to get him to retrieve the weapon then it can be considered abandoned property then it's yours.

    Does Fla require a lic to own or just carry?
    I have 3 emails from me to him regarding the gun. All 3 with return receipts that prove he received/opened them. 2 w/replies that he'd get it when he came back. 3rd one, no reply. I'm in the legal profession as well so knew I had to cover my ass with this from the get go.

    Not sure about FL laws yet.

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