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?
- AthenaLv 710 months ago
Not right away.
You have to make a good faith effort to return someone's property.
- FoofaLv 710 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.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 710 months ago
please ask at your local police station. it looks like abandoned property, but there may be special rules for weapons
- babyboomer1001Lv 710 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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- champerLv 710 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.
- 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.
- STEPHENLv 710 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.
- seedy historyLv 710 months ago
"finders keepers" doesn't actually apply to guns. Doesn't actually apply to much else either.
- .Lv 710 months ago
Legally, no. You would call the authorities and take it to them.
- 10 months ago
Yeah I suppose it would be yours.