Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

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Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by 60south » Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:14 am

Kinda slow on the board lately. Thought I'd stir up the silt a bit...

The question isn't really hypothetical because, inevitably, someone here will find a weapon while diving. This year alone we've found quite a lot of unspent 30-06 ammunition from the WWI era, and a CO2 air pistol (badly corroded).

Let's assume that you find a handgun while diving.

Common sense says you shouldn't play with the thing and probably leave it alone. At the same time, however, it might have been used in a crime and should be returned to the police. If you leave it, it may be difficult to find again. If you take it, you should at least make sure it's unloaded before toting it anywhere. I suppose the answer may depend on its condition and your own comfort level with firearms.

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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by RoxnDox » Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:58 am

Well, your last couple of sentences are certainly valid... If it was me (which it wouldn't be since I don't dive now <sad face>), I would make note of the location as closely as possible, take some photos if you have a camera, and then try to safe it. If it's old and corroded and things aren't moving, take it up - carefully, not just tossing it into a junk bag. ;) If it's new enough to move the action, pull the clip and eject any chambered round, or empty the cylinder. Keep the rounds removed. Then surface and turn it over to the local PD.

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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by H20doctor » Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:50 pm

I watch a guy on YouTube all the time he's a diver finds all kinds of stuff in the rivers and waterways.. every time he finds a gun he immediately brings it to the surface calls the police because of the weapon was used in a crime or a murder they can run the serial number... I think if you found something that was old civil war era something like that I probably wouldn't bother but if you found a current handgun say like in the last 20 years then you're supposed to call the police and then they pick it up... if the gun is clean and no issues you can usually get it back from the police department
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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by PeninsulaDiver » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:49 pm

Cool topic.
A year ago while diving Point Hudson, I came across a hinge action shortened barrel 20 gauge shotgun with a modified stock. I made a short video to document the location (guessing it was thrown off the NW Maritime Center dock), made sure it was safe and headed to the beach with it. Before bringing it up the beach, I made sure no one was around in case they got excited and called 911 “Scuba Diver with gun!” Anyway, I contacted the PD to come get it. They ran the numbers and found no registered owner. I forget the model but it was manufactured ~1950. Although it looks a bit rusty, with a little cleanup, I suspect it would fire fine. As far as I know, it remains in their evidence room today.
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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by CaptnJack » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:11 pm

Found a cheap semi-auto pistol in a case off Duwamish Head about 10 years ago. Called 911, told them it was a non-emergency. Patrol officer came by about 25mins later and took it. Guns in the water were part of a crime, you don't want to be holding onto evidence which may be a key element to solving a crime. There is no reason to leave it unless you're that uncomfortable bringing it up.
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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by 60south » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:28 pm

And there it is.

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Re: Hypothetical Question (sorta): What do you do if you find a firearm while diving?

Post by E_Mo » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:35 pm

If you can mark the location (say with a SMB or other buoy) that would be best to help the police identify the location. The best thing is to keep it submerged in water. When you expose it to air, oxidization/rust really takes hold. You could bring it up to the shore area, keeping it submerged as long as possible. If they send out CSI, they would most likely collect it a bucket/vessel that can keep it submerged as well.

If they can get it functioning again, they will test fire it to get a casing and fired bullet for NIBIN purposes to compare against other evidence from crimes.
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