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Woman Finds Loaded Gun In Newly Purchased Laptop Case(IN barf alert)
tristatehomepage.com ^ | 5 May, 2012 | Ryan Braschler

Posted on 05/06/2012 7:55:10 AM PDT by marktwain

An Evansville woman makes a shocking discovery after a yard sale purchase. She says all she wanted was a laptop case, but when she opened it she found a loaded handgun inside.

A lot of people find a lot of great deals at yard sales, but when Rhonda Milligan went to the Evansville Christian Life Center sale she got more than she bargained for.

Rhonda Milligan made several stops in her yard sale spree, one of those was here at the Evansville Christian Life Center on Kentucky Avenue. She bought a leather laptop case, but when she got home and opened the bag she was shocked to find a fully loaded revolver.

She says she believes the Christian Life Center was careless and did not check the bag before putting it up for sale. Milligan called police to meet her back at the Center, but by that time the facility was already closed.

She says she hopes sellers will be more careful, and that bargain hunters will take a second look before they buy.

Evansville police declined to comment on the incident on the scene. We also reached out to the Evansville Christian Life Center for comment, but those messages weren't returned.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
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It looks like a nice Smith & Wesson model 36. Worth about $400. Most people would be thrilled to find something worth $400 in a charity sale purchase.

The fact that the woman tries to somehow make the church liable for her hoplophobia is scary.

1 posted on 05/06/2012 7:55:16 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I hope the police are trying to find the legitimate owner. Most likely this was a simple mistake. Of course, in the insane society that is Illinois, the owner may be cowering in terror, concerned that they may be charged with some vague crime such as
“endangering public safety” or some such.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 7:57:14 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I wish I was that lucky! What an ingrate.


3 posted on 05/06/2012 7:59:24 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: marktwain

If I found a computer case that felt like it was loaded, I’d be tempted to take a good look inside before dropping it in my trunk.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: marktwain

I can’t really blame her for contacting the police. Just have possession of a gun around these parts could lead to a lengthy prison sentence by an eager gun grabbing prosecutor.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:37 AM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: marktwain
She says she hopes sellers will be more careful, and that bargain hunters will take a second look before they buy.

I bet the Church did check it and any garage sale buyer knows to check bags out so I'm calling bs. Smells like she's trying to get rid of a hot gun.

6 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:45 AM PDT by bgill
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To: marktwain

you know there’s some guy hitting his forehead and saying-
DOH! that’s where I left it!

I hide things so well even I can’t find them...makes spring cleaning like a treasure hunt or an episode of American Pickers!


7 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:47 AM PDT by homegroan (yes, I'm still here...)
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To: marktwain

The poor woman’s sensibilities were offended. I’d be pretty excited if that happened to me.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: bjorn14

Ha ... exactly what I was thinking!!


9 posted on 05/06/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (O's new cookbook: "101 Ways To Wok Your Dog")
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To: marktwain

Man, Cracker Jack could learn a lesson here.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 8:02:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: marktwain
Milligan called police to meet her back at the Center,...

I'm sure Evansville PD had nothing better to do with their time...

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11 posted on 05/06/2012 8:03:26 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bjorn14
Watch the video, she's one scary chick.

At first I thought that maybe she had a legitimate complaint in that the caliber was too small.

12 posted on 05/06/2012 8:04:34 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: homegroan

—aside from that, you always find them in the last place you think to look (groan)-—


13 posted on 05/06/2012 8:04:43 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: marktwain

How does this stuff get into the papers? Most normal people would go back to the church and tell them of the discovery or keep the gun, instead of complaining to a newspaper.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 8:06:14 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: marktwain

I should be so lucky.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 8:06:44 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: bjorn14
I wish I was that lucky! What an ingrate.

Absolutely!

In all my years of perusing yard sales, all I've ever been able to pick up is an occasional Picasso.

16 posted on 05/06/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: marktwain
What kind of moron would buy a laptop case or brief case without first opening it!@?! This is a BS story, and I'm betting the woman opened the case, saw the gun, close it and bought the case.

People today who think they can make a difference by telling 'whatever' story they like is exactly what's wrong with today's world.

17 posted on 05/06/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: marktwain

(Gasp!!) A loaded gun? Did it jump out of the case and run down the street, firing indiscriminately, or just sit there like an inanimate object?


18 posted on 05/06/2012 8:10:57 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: marktwain
How dumb do you have to be to buy a laptop case and not look inside it?

A loaded gun is usually pretty heavy, and should have been a clue that there was something inside the case.

19 posted on 05/06/2012 8:11:38 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: marktwain

Most people I know would be thrilled to find that and they would never say a word. She must be one of those “oh gosh the gun may go off” people who think guns have a mind of their own.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 8:13:27 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: theDentist

LOL!


21 posted on 05/06/2012 8:13:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: theDentist

I could only be so lucky. However, the end result could have turned out bad in the hands of a child. This was a pretty big f up.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 8:15:52 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: marktwain

Smith & Wesson model 36. Worth about $400.

Lists for $749 new.

Nice find, but you have the risk of it having been used in a crime.

I’d have kept my mouth shut, but that’s just me.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 8:17:47 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: mrsixpack36
I can’t really blame her for contacting the police. Just have possession of a gun around these parts could lead to a lengthy prison sentence by an eager gun grabbing prosecutor.

This didn't take place in Illinois. Evansville is in Indiana.

24 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:19 AM PDT by KirbDog
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To: marktwain
bargain hunters will take a second look before they buy.

Yeap, sounds to me like she got a huge bargain. I'll definitely pay more attention.

25 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:19 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: marktwain

I am still hoping to find a very heavy violin case at a yard sale.


26 posted on 05/06/2012 8:20:02 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: harpu

Women have been trained by our society to believe guns are EVILLLLLLLL.

Notice this story puts Christian church and guns together in a bad light,and remember how the socialists like obama hate people who cling to guns and Bibles.


27 posted on 05/06/2012 8:20:40 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: rellimpank

if I had a $1 for everything I have ‘misplaced’-ok-lost-in my lifetime, I could pay cash for a sweet, new Miata.

I am the Olympic Champion when it comes to the-”where did I put that?” game....just last night, lost my backscratcher(no, not my husband, but I have lost him in WalMart many times)...I mean how do you lose something that’s over a foot long? (again, not my hubby) You name it, I’ve lost it.

‘Finding something’ is on my To Do List almost everyday; even my To Do List is now on my home page on my laptop because I have even lost that! Honest!


28 posted on 05/06/2012 8:21:12 AM PDT by homegroan (yes, I'm still here...)
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To: marktwain

This happened in Evansville, IN - not IL


29 posted on 05/06/2012 8:22:42 AM PDT by airdalechief
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To: marktwain
She says she hopes sellers will be more careful, and that bargain hunters will take a second look before they buy.

Sound like perfectly reasonable sentiments to me.

Among other things, it would be potentially possible to buy a bag containing a large quantity of a controlled substance. Always a good idea to look inside first.

30 posted on 05/06/2012 8:24:00 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: marktwain

Hezus H. Christi....this EBT, EITC Obama voter was crying and distraught over the thought of it! Mamaw who’d probably been on welfare since Red’s baby daddy ran off was also distraught.

Me? I’d have peed my pants when I got home and found it.


31 posted on 05/06/2012 8:24:34 AM PDT by Gaffer
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This warranted a much stronger BARF alert.

First, I think it is Indiana, not Illinois. The tri-state they speak of is IL, IN, and KY.

BUT...I watched the video and am now ill. Two really ugly (physically and spiritually) old women slapping gums and pointing fingers in mock righteous indignation demonizing a CHARITY. It is a soup kitchen raising money on contributed goods at a yard sale to feed the hungry .....but I am sure come Monday these two ugly toothless skanks will be trolling for lawyers.

The Smith J frame hand gun was at one point owned by a serious gunner. It has one of those aluminum frame/grip wedges...can’t remember the name.

SPECULATION: They planted the gun to leverage a settlement....they looked that swarmy and the emotion is a little over the top for Indiana....which is still a free gun loving state.

The charity will have to say, no...they didn’t search all the items for hidden flame throwers, hand grenades or German war criminals.....the gun will be off paper and untraceable and an undisclosed cash settlement will be had with the group.

OR some innocent gifter (probably a husband whose idiot wife was giving away his stuff) will be embarrassed for letting a loaded handgun loose amongst all these skanks’ children....gasp.

Fortunately, Indiana has little in the way of law that the gifter need be concerned about. The “keep guns from kids” statute has a “knowingly” clause that would save the gifter’s bacon on this one.

The media however, will howl for blood.


32 posted on 05/06/2012 8:30:00 AM PDT by Lowell1775
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She says she believes the Christian Life Center was careless and did not check the bag before putting it up for sale.

And Rhonda was just as careless. She couldn't tell the difference in weight between an empty laptop case and one with a loaded revolver? The difference would be aalmost two pounds if the thing were loaded.

I suspect that she had an inkling there was something in the case when she bought it but kept her mouth shut. Then she got a nice surprise when she got home.

33 posted on 05/06/2012 8:31:21 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: homegroan
“...I mean how do you lose something that’s over a foot long? (again, not my hubby)”

Good thing you added the last part. You would have women looking for your lost hubby.

34 posted on 05/06/2012 8:31:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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“The fact that the woman tries to somehow make the church liable for her hoplophobia is scary.”

Typical terrified loser lib action!


35 posted on 05/06/2012 8:36:59 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Gaffer

No kiddin.

I’d already have about 200 rounds through it and be at the gun shops selecting holsters.


36 posted on 05/06/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Paladin2
Watch the video, she's one scary chick.

She is a basket case that forgot to take her meds.

37 posted on 05/06/2012 8:38:00 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: marktwain

Sheesh...I guess it jumped out of the case and chased her around the yard trying to eat her. They’ll do that.

Wish I could find something like that.


38 posted on 05/06/2012 8:38:29 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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The video is amazing.

"(sobbing).... oh God... (sobbing)..... I was so scared.... not only (sob) was it a "gun".... but (weep weep weep) it was fully loaded..... (breaks down in tears)......"

And the dramatization of when she found it..... picking it up with a steel rod in the guard, careful to keep her distance, as if some of the gun-ness might rub off on her.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 8:39:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: mrsixpack36

Given the murder rate in IL, she probably should have called the police. Gun Control states/cites have lots of unsolved murders.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 8:41:27 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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The best I ever found at a yard sale was a signed Hugo Brehme hand colored photo of a Mexican Villa. I bought it for 3 dollars and sold it for 500 dollars. This was about 6 years ago.
41 posted on 05/06/2012 8:42:57 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (No matter who you vote for,the government eventually gets in.)
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She must be one of those “oh gosh the gun may go off” people who think guns have a mind of their own.

Actually, your average gun has more brains than this ditz who doesn't have a mind at all. It was really funny to watch her removing the gun from the bag!

42 posted on 05/06/2012 8:43:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Paladin2

I just watched the video as suggested-—Geez! What a frickin’ idiot. Handling it with a pencil?? If it had a hair trigger, then she’d really would be crying. We’ve bred a country of dumbasses.

What an emotional psychopath. I would have been crying with joy had I found it.


43 posted on 05/06/2012 8:43:47 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: 2111USMC

I’ve slowed down on collecting somewhat since I reached more toys than my age and took up leather making...I would have started cutting the leather for it, first thing....then wet-formed and stamped it before final cutting and sewing...(Even got my own ‘Makers’ Stamp)


44 posted on 05/06/2012 8:43:51 AM PDT by Gaffer
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45 posted on 05/06/2012 8:44:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Clock King
Case in point:Ten people were shot between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning...
46 posted on 05/06/2012 8:45:01 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: rabidralph

“How does this stuff get into the papers? Most normal people would go back to the church and tell them of the discovery or keep the gun, instead of complaining to a newspaper.”

I hope the cops arrest her for carrying concealed without a permit.


47 posted on 05/06/2012 8:46:58 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Beagle8U

LOL!!!

Well, I’m used to my husband seeing other women; he’s been carrying-on with Little Debbie for years!

;)


48 posted on 05/06/2012 8:47:47 AM PDT by homegroan (yes, I'm still here...)
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To: KirbDog

Thanks for the clarification.


49 posted on 05/06/2012 8:49:21 AM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: G Larry
"Nice find, but you have the risk of it having been used in a crime."

How could they know, unless the BGs were good enough to record the gun's SN at the scene of the crime? True, there could be a ballistics match up with something, but what are the odds of any random gun in private hands ever being tested for ballistics?

The S&W Model 36 was introduced in 1950, so there are a lot of possibilities that have a higher probability than use in a crime. Chances that wife or ex-wife was housecleaning late hubby or ex-hubby's stuff? Or someone died and relatives just gave away the owner's things. Or it was left behind in an eviction. BTW, I use Halliburton laptop cases for taking pistols to the range, so this can't be a unique method of storage. They look identical to the Halliburton pistol cases.

"I’d have kept my mouth shut, but that’s just me."

Oh, but that would be wrong. ;)

50 posted on 05/06/2012 8:51:08 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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