Stick to our guns? No thanks.
December 14, 2009 5:13 PM Subscribe
How do we get rid of an unregistered handgun we inherited?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (42 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday, when going through some boxes in my mom's home, I found a handgun. When I asked her about it, she said that it was my grandfather's, and that she had found it in my grandfather's apartment when he died (20 years ago) and had been carting it around ever since.
My mother does not have any desire to own a handgun. If she could make it disappear with a wish, she would. But she's not sure whether my grandmother obtained the gun legally, and she's worried that she'll get in trouble for holding on to it for so long without registering it, and for bringing it across state lines (we have lived in NY, NJ, NH, and MD (where she currently lives)).
I've asked a couple of friends and they say that she should just take it to the police and explain the situation, and that they'll take care of it. But as I said, my mom is worried about getting into trouble.
So - should we take it to the police? How can we expect them to respond? Is there some other way to get rid of it *safely*? My mother and I are both kind of terrified by this thing - we're hippie pacifists and we don't even know how to tell if it's loaded.