Lost gun question.

1rightguy

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I gave my sister a Taurus snub nose .38 and it is missing. She said she kept it under the seat in her car and it's not there anymore. She has had the car serviced, washed, oil changed and etc. and she has two teenage daughters that drive the car from time to time. Other than her lack of prudence and not being responsible with it, no big deal, it was a cheap gun. My question is, do I have her report it as missing with the police? I don't have the seriel number but I'm thinking it might be a good idea to have a police report just in case. Any thoughts?
 

ironman45693

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Mar 12, 2008
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Most definitely! You don't want someone (police) showing up at your door saying they found it laying next to a dead body with a few .38 cal holes in it, and then you tell them it has been lost. I'm sure it would be nothing that a few hours down at the station couldn't clear up, but I say CYA is a good policy.
 

JKTex

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Most definitely! You don't want someone (police) showing up at your door saying they found it laying next to a dead body with a few .38 cal holes in it, and then you tell them it has been lost. I'm sure it would be nothing that a few hours down at the station couldn't clear up, but I say CYA is a good policy.
And how are they going to trace it unless it was bought new through a dealer and has had no other owners?

That said, since you don't have the serial number, I assume you're not the first owner? A police report won't be any good except to have the gun recorded as missing, not confirmed stolen, at some time in the past, near or far. The gun without a serial number that is.

Pawncop might be able to explain whether it's going to matter if it's reported or not.

And don't lend her another gun to toss under the seat and leave while others are going through it. Car washes are notorious for theft by the folks vacuuming etc....
 

ironman45693

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And how are they going to trace it unless it was bought new through a dealer and has had no other owners?
Was it bought new? I don't know. Do you? Could they find the person who did buy it new if he did not? Would that person lead them in the right direction, as far as who he sold it to?

All I'm saying is that if one of my guns went missing, I would report it whether I knew the serial# or not. At least there would be a record before something happened--incase something happened.

Are you saying that you would not file a report if one of your guns went missing?
 

hk boy

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IMHO, better CYA 1rightguy

that gun can be traced back to you

let's say gun was used to commit a crime
shooter is caught and gun was recovered
shooter says he got gun was from his gang banger brother
gang banger brother says he got gun from his cousin that works at the car wash
cousin at car wash says he found it in a car that he was vacuuming out
car wash survillance camera and credit card receipts point to 1rightguy's sister
sister tells detective gun came from her brother/1rightguy
1rightguy spends a few hours in police station doing some explaining

my 2 cents
 

Texas42

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what is he going to say if he has no SN?

Sorry officer, my dumb sister lost a gun I bought her. She put it under the seat, and then took it to go get vaccuumed. . . .No, it really wasn't a sale, I promise. Oh, and I don't know the serial number, but you you find my snubbie, let me know.
 

JKTex

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Can I just laugh hysterically, all in fun, without hurting anyone's feelings?

These kinds of threads always venture off into all kinds of hypothetical and innuendo.

From the facts as presented to us:

1) no serial of the gun - Lesson learned, I'll be that never happens again
2) let someone borrow it - See #1 :p
3) report or not to report? It's up to the OP. He needs to find out from his local LEA if they can even do anything with no time, place, date, (maybe not even down t the month?) no serial, just a model. Likely it's not enough to get put into the stolen gun db, whatever it's called.
 

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