On Aug. 28 Parsons police investigated after a youth found a weapon in the alley behind his house and turned it over to a parent.
The weapon, a pink-painted Taurus 9mm pistol, was loaded but inoperable. The weapon was given to Parsons police and will be sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for testing. The weapon was not reported stolen according to the National Crime Information Center, a database in which all stolen weapons and items are entered, along with vehicles and wanted or missing persons.
“It is so refreshing to find people that are willing to do the right thing even when no one is looking,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said. “Not keeping the weapon and turning it in is the smart choice and shows a lot of integrity in the juvenile that found and reported it. It is stories like this that bring a smile to my face. My staff takes gun safety very seriously and they talk to children about gun safety at many events in Parsons. If anyone ever has a gun question please call the police department and ask an officer. We would rather answer a million questions daily if it means we don’t have to work an accidental shooting.”
The weapon was made safe by Parsons police armorers (staff trained in weapon repair and maintenance) after a considerable amount of work.
“Loaded weapons are not to be taken lightly. Even if they don’t operate at first, they can be even more dangerous than that of a fully operational weapon just due to the unknown nature,” according to Parsons Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig. “I am relived that no one was hurt. The weapon is now fully functional and could have been deadly in the wrong or even untrained hands.”
The gun is going to be traced to the original owner through the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and ballistics testing will be done by the KBI.
Anyone with further information on this incident or any criminal activity can contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.