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Rob asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 months ago

If someone moved out, and left a gun in my house in California, and they are too lazy to come get it, is it legally mine now?

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Not right away.

    You have to make a good faith effort to return someone's property.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    If it's unregistered (meaning the person who owns it is already committing a crime) the "laws" of the underworld would be in place and in theory YOU could now be committing the crime of possessing a gun that's not licensed to you. But if it's properly registered to the previous owner of your home and they've left it behind they're probably in violation of safe storage laws.

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  • 10 months ago

    please ask at your local police station. it looks like abandoned property, but there may be special rules for weapons

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  • 10 months ago

    Not exactly. When you buy a home, things left behind would generally be yours. However, guns are "registered" to owners. You should take it to the police and explain. They cannot be passed around like most objects.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience.
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  • 10 months ago

    No. In any case, you should hand it to the police, it may have been used in a crime. Don't have anything to do with it.

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  • 10 months ago

    Frankly I would not want to keep a gun that someone left at your house... Who knows if it was involved in a serious crime.

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  • 10 months ago

    No. Your only legal option is to hand the gun into the police.

    Taking possession of something you find is theft under the law. It's called "stealing by finding". Anything still belongs to the person that owned it.

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  • 10 months ago

    "finders keepers" doesn't actually apply to guns. Doesn't actually apply to much else either.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Legally, no. You would call the authorities and take it to them.

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  • 10 months ago

    Yeah I suppose it would be yours.

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