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Old April 7th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #16
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if you just survived an attack and the cops want the gun, do they have a comparable "loaner" to let you have?
Obviously not, and that's a good point. If you just survived an attack and justifiably used lethal force, what are the chances that the scum bag's friends and relatives will come after you? The sort of aberrant individuals who commit violent crimes seem to run in clans.

Or as a friend of mine once observed, "Stupid is hereditary."

This is a good reason to own several guns, and don't keep them all at the same place if you can help it. As long as I have trustworthy parents, siblings, cousins and adult children, I'd be inclined to keep a couple offsite.



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In NJ they take all yor guns and any in your home even your spouses.
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Here in NH:
1) My wife bought a rifle that was, unknown to her, used in a murder (before me). It was taken by the police but returned to her door when they finished.

2) My brother in law, because of domestic violence, had all his guns taken. Now over 15 later (don't ask) he's going though court to get them released to my wife. This is taking a bunch of back-and-force but the message is that since they've been held for so long, they might have been destroyed.

I'd offer it depends on the state laws and it depends on how/why they were taken.
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If I have to shoot a person or people in a legal self-defense scenario the last thing I'm worried about is turning over a $500 gun..........let them mark it up, who cares. If I get it back in 5 years, whatever, I have more than 1 gun.

That said, don't carry irreplaceable guns like the 1911 your grandpa carried in WWII or your Dad's old police service revolver he carried when he was on the NYPD in the 30's........

Carry reliable, utilitarian guns that you can replace or can do without for 5 years.
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If I have to shoot a person or people in a legal self-defense scenario the last thing I'm worried about is turning over a $500 gun..........let them mark it up, who cares. If I get it back in 5 years, whatever, I have more than 1 gun.

That said, don't carry irreplaceable guns like the 1911 your grandpa carried in WWII or your Dad's old police service revolver he carried when he was on the NYPD in the 30's........

Carry reliable, utilitarian guns that you can replace or can do without for 5 years.
All the more reason to believe in "one is none, two is one".
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I got mine back, but it took them a couple of months.
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Old April 15th, 2016, 05:28 AM   #22
 
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You'll have to jump through some hoops and go through some red tape but as long as you din't commit a crime you should get your gun back.

I know a guy who's crazy girlfriend threatened to commit suicide with one of his guns and there's a whole lot more to that story I won't tell. But his gun was confiscated and he got it back after several trips and a lot of paperwork with LEO.

Worst part of the story...they're back together again.
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It took me 4 months to get back one that belonged to my father that he used in a suicide.
(terminal illness he ended early at age 88).

Lots of paperwork and several trips to the evidence room...
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It all depends on the municipality where it happens.

In Milwaukee Wi, even if it's used in self defense and no charges are filed against you, you will have to sue the city to get it back which will cost more than just about any gun you would use would be worth. When and if you get it back, it will be engraved with the case number and an inventory number and more.
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Don't be surprised if you don't get your ammo back that was in the gun. They unload them and the rounds easily get separated -plus- a lot of agencies shoot a round or two into water to photo the slug for entry and/or comparison with the existent database of recovered crime scene slugs. Really be a pooper to buy a used gun private and have it turn up being used in a killing and you have nothing but a vague description of the seller
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They gave that nut job George Zimmerman back his gun so, yeah..
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Short answer-no.

Oh, you're supposed to, but it sits as evidence till they're done with it.

Then you have to apply legal pressure.

Many authorities, even though it was a "justified shoot", think of it as

"taking another gun off the street", and/or it winds up at a police auction,

or simply being swiped from the evidence locker.

Many's the story about the guy who spent 1500$ plus in legal fees to get his

400$ gun back. Many times to find it had either gotten rusty, or been

stripped, or tampered with.
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"Many's the story about the guy who spent 1500$ plus in legal fees to get his

400$ gun back. "

I think the key word there is "Story".

Some people want to believe horrible things are happening all the time and create stories as "proof" of their beliefs.

Most of those stories offered as proof of the evil government start with the words, "I heard...." and then go on to attempt to establish some long past event via 14th party hearsay.

The police are not sitting around waiting for some random shooting to occur so they can disarm America one gun at a time. They also have a finite amount of storage space and would prefer not to store things they could instead return to the lawful owner.

While I'm sure there are events in which firearms are not returned, I don't think those events are the norm.

Again, if you survive a deadly force encounter the loss of a gun would be so far down on the list of things that matter that it probably wouldn't even make the list.
I really have to agree with ExArmy11b's comments in post #19.

Some people feel that gun owners are constantly besieged by the "evil" government and I understand why those feelings exist. However, not ALL of the allegations against the government are true. I know of more than one situation in which a police officer went out of his way to preserve a firearm and return it to the rightful owner.

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They gave that nut job George Zimmerman back his gun so, yeah..
That nut job GZ spent years on neighborhood watch, keeping his local

streets free of crime, to be thrown to the dogs by the very people he

kept safe in their beds at night.

How many years did you voluntarily walk the streets at night, spent on

your neighborhood watch, so people

wouldn't think of you as a "nut job", doubletap?
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If it's legally yours, then they have to give it back. But it won't look good when you get it.
They don't take care of them.
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