A Not-So Quiet Day
One morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, firearms instructor and grandmother Lana was headed out the front door of her home to go to work. She quickly discovered that her car had been broken into, and the front passenger door was left wide open.
The contents of her glove box were scattered all over the passenger seat, the floor board, and the ground.
Among the missing items: her firearm.
Lana panicked and yelled for her husband. What if the gun were used in a crime? What about the serial number, did she have that info handy?
The criminal now had her name and private info as well—all the information found in her glovebox… Would they cause more damage in the future? Lana immediately called the Colorado Springs Police Department to start the documentation of her stolen firearm. A report was filed, but all that was left to do was wait.
About a year passed with no word from the authorities. Lana and her husband eventually gave up hope for ever recovering their stolen firearm, and made the difficult decision to not spend their days anxiously waiting around for any news.
Lana and her husband, now living in Georgia, had almost forgotten the frightening incident that had happened nearly two years ago.
That is, until one day Lana received a call from the Fountain Police Department in Colorado.
Her fears were confirmed.
Her stolen firearm was recovered at a crime scene; her gun was the criminal’s weapon of choice in a burglary.
Lana’s mind started racing: was anyone hurt? Would she be blamed if they were? Was she legally responsible for the gun? Was she protected from any of it?
Thankfully, Lana was able to receive crucial assistance through her U.S. LawShield Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage, and she called upon her U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for guidance on how to navigate the latest developments.
Assured that she was clear of any legal consequences, Lana was advised to wait until the case was concluded, before seeking the return of her firearm.
Another Year of Waiting
Lana’s firearm remained in evidence throughout the entirety of the court case—nearly a year. Yet at the end of the trial, Lana still did not have the firearm returned to her.
The firearm had been damaged in the process of recovery and investigation, so Lana was instructed to send an invoice and write a victim impact statement.
Was Lana’s case one in a million? Or was it a part of a rising threat to gun owners?
Between 2010 and 2016, the majority of the 23,000 stolen firearms recovered by police were recovered in connection with crimes, including more than 1,500 violent acts. Research suggests that nearly one-quarter of stolen guns are taken from cars and other vehicles.
“It’s only normal to worry about your own liability when a firearm is stolen. Take some comfort in the fact the act of the thief could cut your liability if that firearm is then subsequently used in a crime, or someone is injured with it, but you must act to alert law enforcement,” said U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney of Georgia, Matt Kilgo. “The best response to discovering your firearm has been stolen is to contact police and make a report. Make sure you are able to give law enforcement the serial number of the firearm, make, model, caliber, and any distinguishing characteristics of the firearm. This can give you peace of mind, and help in the successful recovery of your firearm.”
Lana shares her feelings from the whole experience, “I felt absolutely violated, and couldn’t believe that my car was broken into right in front of my home. I hope that all responsible gun owners will take the necessary precautions, and make sure they have the Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage offered by U.S. LawShield.”
Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage
If you’re ever the victim of gun theft, we at U.S. LawShield want you protected, which is exactly why we created Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage, so you can have peace of mind knowing you will have access to an Independent Program Attorney ready to help you prepare for any legal aftermath of a stolen gun.
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