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WHAT DO I DO?! My Beloved died the last week in May, 2012 just after his 55th birthday.  For his birthday I got him a gun he really wanted: a Uberti, .45, 1871 Navy Colt (well, a reproduction).  I wanted it to be a surprise, so when I bought it I put it in my name...  

He lived in Virginia.  I gave it to him on a visit up from Alabama, where I'm from.  I was not only visiting but also making ready to move there to be with him.  Because of that, we left the gun in my name until I was a legal resident of the new state, making the transfer much cheaper and easier.  Unfortunately, he died just when I was supposed to move.  The gun is still in my name.  I have no idea what has happened to it.  What should I do?!

He had estranged parents, a brother, sisters, and a freshly divorced ex (and I mean the-ink-wasn't-dry fresh), and a 20 year old disabled daughter- none of which I ever met.  I have no idea who has the gun.  

I am the original and only owner, and I gave him all the paperwork having to do with it when I gave him the gun itself.  It would not be difficult to find that information if one were so inclined (even if said paperwork isn't readily found), but since no one has contacted me I have no way of knowing if anyone is seeking that information.    

Could whoever has the gun sell it?

Can I get the gun back?  

What- if anything- should and can I do?

I have no addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or any contact info of any shape, form, or fashion for any of the above listed relatives.  

I appreciate any and all help, advice, and answers!

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  •  Contact the police where he lived. (13+ / 0-)

    Tell them what you know about the gun, and that it is now missing.

    I don't know what happens next, but if someone uses it, you want it to at least have been reported as not being in your possession.

    Was there no obituary, no funeral home with any
    information about his family?  

    I get to choose, and I choose love.

    by Melanie in IA on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:40:55 PM PST

  •  what have you done so far? (3+ / 0-)

    It's been 8 months.  You can't be turning to responses to a post on the internet as you first recourse.

    Regardless, without any contact information -- not even using the internet as a resource to track down whomever it is you would wish to contact -- I'd say all you can do is contact the authorities in the jurisdiction of the weapon's last know location and report it stolen.

    Explain the nature of the gun's transfer -- the gifting and what-not -- to the police.  

    I don't know what your financial or other liabilities might be in this matter.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:21:42 PM PST

    •  reporting the weapon stolen isn't fair to the (2+ / 0-)
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      bigjacbigjacbigjac, valion

      immediate family of the deceased.  they had no way of knowing the gun's origin.

      contact the family. tell them it was a gift registered in the ame of the buyer and ask of its whereabouts so the registered owner can either retrieve possession or transfer title.

      to place the family of this man in legal jeopardy for something of which they had no part in is not fair.

      •  supposedly, the family can't be contacted. (0+ / 0-)

        there is no choice, legally, but to report the weapon stolen, explain the situation in the report, and accept any consequences.

        anything less is the moral hazard of risking public safety with a weapon at large, and with the OP's name on the label.  anyone in possession of that weapon is a party to a potential trafficking charge, at the least - knowledgeably or not.

        polite niceties run a far distant second to securing that weapon.

        It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

        by Murphoney on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:08:08 AM PST

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        •  that is not correct. the gun ISN'T "stolen" - it (1+ / 0-)
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          valion

          is "lost" - a legal difference.

          secondly, another issue here that wasn't addressed or thought through - this is a "straw purchase" - the purchase of a gun for someone else and having it in one name and another's possession.  

          should she report the gun "stolen" - and the family then prove that she purchased this for someone else and kept it in her name (easy to do, btw), then she is in even more legal jeopardy.

          she needs to notify the police that her gun was left in tennessee and now that this person has died, she is concerned over it's whereabouts.... NOT that it was stolen - that is filing a false police report and is prosecutable.

          could it be proved that it isn't true?  duh - read this blog.

  •  Does Alabama gave gun registration? (0+ / 0-)

    if so, change registration to the person who got the gift's estate if possible.  That way, if a crime is committed with the gun it isn't traced to you.  But a background check isn't a registration.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:50:48 AM PST

  •  Guns last a long time. I would hate not to know (0+ / 0-)

    where a gun is that had my hand in the chain of possession.

    It would be nice if you could get it back, melt it down, and make a memorial plaque or something.

    Sign my White House Petition Enforce the KEEP in the Second Amendment We don't have a problem with gun control, we have a problem with gun owners controlling their guns.

    by 88kathy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:06:50 AM PST

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