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Gun found in hollowed-out book donated to Illinois library
NBC News ^ | October 27, 2012 | NBC Chicago

Posted on 10/27/2012 10:28:05 AM PDT by Altariel

VALPARAISO, Ill. -- There's quite a tale that goes with a book donated to the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library this week, and it's got nothing to do with fiction.

An employee cracking open a copy of Robert Stone's "Outbridge Reach" found the book hollowed out with a historic-looking handgun inside, Valparaiso police said.

The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun.

Due to the volume of donations received by the library, officials said there's no way to know from whom the book came.

Police said, however, the gun hadn't been reported stolen.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; book; gun; library
FYI, I am aware that Valparaiso is in Indiana, not IL, even though NBC Chicago's editors are apparently ignorant of that fact.
1 posted on 10/27/2012 10:28:10 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

A book about guns. And if you don’t have a gun....


2 posted on 10/27/2012 10:30:57 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
A mishap on the set of Regis and Kathie Lee would be much more consequential.

3 posted on 10/27/2012 10:34:58 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Gamecock; Larry Lucido

We have a 5150....

Swarm! Swarm!!


4 posted on 10/27/2012 10:39:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Altariel

The ultimate pop-up book!


5 posted on 10/27/2012 10:45:20 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Altariel

Who writes these headlines? It sounds like someone found a gun in a hollowed out book and donated it to the library.


6 posted on 10/27/2012 10:45:44 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Altariel

Probably the owner died and this was disposed of as part of the estate.


7 posted on 10/27/2012 11:02:21 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: I see my hands

John Wilkes Booth’s back up gun.


8 posted on 10/27/2012 11:18:25 AM PDT by Lockbar (Your question is interesting, and I have sometimes had this same question.)
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To: F15Eagle

RAT TAT TAT! Kill the dog! RAT TAT TAT! Kid! RAT TAT TAT! Old lady! TAT TAT TAT! Oh sh**....officer down! Sorry Sarge, finger slipped!


9 posted on 10/27/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Altariel

The police are knee-jerk anti-gun nuts.

This is obviously an old, historically valuable weapon that has probably been in that book since the original owner died and his heirs were unaware of what it was.

It belongs in a display case, not in a police department locker.

My uncle used to have a pair of black powder, muzzle loading dueling pistols in the drawer of his library, along with loading rod, a few patches, and some lead balls. Those things are really cool, not something for the police to confiscate and mistreat.


10 posted on 10/27/2012 12:03:12 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Altariel

ASM = Armi san Marco
Italian maker active in the 1970’s & 80’s
They made thousands of replica revolvers.


11 posted on 10/27/2012 12:39:44 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Cicero

This gun is a cheap replica. Somebody cut out a book and put a magnetic cabinet clasp on it to make a display piece. It’s actual value is about $50, including the book.


12 posted on 10/27/2012 12:48:26 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Altariel

“...a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun...”

Which the typical journalist would call a “Glock”.


13 posted on 10/27/2012 1:31:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Or a semi automatic high powered assault pistol that is most favored by international terrorists.


14 posted on 10/27/2012 3:55:01 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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