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Fl:Woman finds loaded gun in rental car
myfoxtampabay.com ^ | 27 March, 2013 | Ken Suarez

Posted on 03/27/2013 7:04:45 PM PDT by marktwain

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

When a Tampa woman rented a car from Enterprise, she got a hidden extra: A fully loaded snub-nosed revolver. The gun was under the driver's seat, within reaching distance of where her granddaughter had been sitting.

"It could have slid out from under my seat and into the back seat, and she could have picked it up and either one of us could have got shot," Linda Ashmore exclaimed.

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Looks like an RG-14 to me. I had one once and tested it for accuracy. At the time, I was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team, shooting fairly regularly. I put a little whiteout on the front sight, and was able to hold about a 3 inch group (six shots, full cylinder) at 50 feet from a rest. The trigger was terrible, but the actual accuracy was credible.
1 posted on 03/27/2013 7:04:45 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Lucky lady! When I rent a car I never get a loaded gun with it!


2 posted on 03/27/2013 7:06:39 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: marktwain

She should have kept it, but instead she had to shoot her mouth off (in a manner of speaking) ....


3 posted on 03/27/2013 7:06:45 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: marktwain
Or it could have even "just gone off" while it was under that seat!

Why can't I ever find anything cool like that?

4 posted on 03/27/2013 7:07:22 PM 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: marktwain

Bonus!

I got a free pocket knife and a half a pack of Pall Malls last time I rented a car.


5 posted on 03/27/2013 7:08:29 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: marktwain

Maybe I’m just paranoid but I always check rental car trunks for human bodies or any other contraband before I leave the lot.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 7:08:33 PM PDT by posterchild (Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.)
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To: marktwain

Well, sheet! STFU, Lady, LOL!


7 posted on 03/27/2013 7:08:47 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: marktwain

I always check the box for the extra insurance and the snub nosed 38 when I rent a car.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 7:11:37 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: marktwain

Shouldn’t her granddaughter have been restrained in a child safety seat, and unable to reach down and pick up a gun?

Also, shouldn’t she teach her daughter that if she finds dangerous things, she should NOT PICK THEM UP AND PLAY WITH THEM?

I trained my kids about that before they were 3. You can’t watch them every second, and there are many dangerous things people leave lying around (like that woman who let her kids eat condoms someone left at a mcdonalds playyard).


9 posted on 03/27/2013 7:16:41 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Cyman
I always check the box for the extra insurance and the snub nosed 38 when I rent a car.

Be sure to reload it before you return it or else they charge you $20/round.

10 posted on 03/27/2013 7:17:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: marktwain

                dumbazzzz

11 posted on 03/27/2013 7:18:50 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: marktwain

Many moons and years ago I worked afternoons and nights for National Car Rental @ TIA (Tampa). I was a driver....
I never bought one beer or bottle of wine the entire time I worked there. The vehicle returns were always rife with goodies.
I did turn in cameras and such....no guns though - you can bet those would have disappeared.


12 posted on 03/27/2013 7:19:38 PM PDT by LFOD (Formerly - Iraq, Afgahnistan - back home in Dixie.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Maybe she didn’t think she would pass the background check.


13 posted on 03/27/2013 7:20:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: marktwain

Something similar happened several months ago. Sounds suspicious. Do they rent cars to FBI, DEA or DHS agents?


14 posted on 03/27/2013 7:20:38 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: marktwain

***Looks like an RG-14 to me.***

RG pistols are junk. This looks like one of those $12.00 .22s they used to sell back about 40 years ago.

Back in 1969, HP WHITE did government mandated tests to “prove” this was a “Saturday Night Special”. They found this to be one of the most accurate .22s they ever tested.

A super accurate piece of junk.


15 posted on 03/27/2013 7:23:48 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: posterchild
Maybe I’m just paranoid but I always check rental car trunks for human bodies or any other contraband before I leave the lot.

What about trace evidence? Do you examine the car that closely, or are you suspicious if the car looks like it has been cleaned too well? ...LOL ...Sorry, I guess I've been watching too many forensic detective shows...

16 posted on 03/27/2013 7:25:09 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: marktwain

RG stands for “rotten gun”. They are among the worst ever made.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 7:25:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: marktwain

Always check for drugs. It’s hell to get arrested for somebody else’s dope.


18 posted on 03/27/2013 7:27:26 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

I only look for ‘macro’ evidence. Anything not obvious I can always blame on my inattentiveness and the previous renter.


19 posted on 03/27/2013 7:28:44 PM PDT by posterchild (Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.)
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To: marktwain

I found a whistle in my Corn Flakes once...


20 posted on 03/27/2013 7:30:17 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: marktwain

Worse thing that ever happened to me in a rental car is I got a ticket for having an expired license tab. Took about a year to get that straightened out.


21 posted on 03/27/2013 7:35:36 PM PDT by DManA
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To: marktwain

Maybe they just give you the gun with the car, since Florida is NOT a very safe place to be a tourist.


22 posted on 03/27/2013 7:37:31 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: BobL

Florida is safe for tourists now. You are thinking of a number of years ago.


23 posted on 03/27/2013 7:39:32 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: DManA
Worse thing that ever happened to me in a rental car is I got a ticket for having an expired license tab.

I got a ticket in the mail once from the City of Chicago for a parking violation on a rental car. I looked at the date on the ticket and checked my travel records and it was from 2 days after I left Chicago.

I ripped it up and threw it away and assume that Hertz ended up paying the ticket.

24 posted on 03/27/2013 7:44:36 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: dinodino

Yea, I know.

Back then you had liberal Democrat Lawton Chiles.

But when International Tourists started turning up in body bags, he made Giuliani look like a wimp - basically EVERY black in the state was assumed guilty and frisked, the moment they were seen in public. Pretty much ended the crime wave...but few took notice.

I remember a political cartoon from back then. It showed a crime scene with a couple of feet sticking out of the blanket (i.e., a body). One cop then says to another: “don’t worry, it’s a local”.


25 posted on 03/27/2013 7:47:20 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: Ditto

I wonder how the Chicago police got your address. I wondered how the L.A. police got my address. How do you go from a license plate to an home address in another state? Obviously the rental company ratted us out out.

Did the rental company actually think I was going to pay a ticket for their expired license tab?


26 posted on 03/27/2013 7:49:38 PM PDT by DManA
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To: marktwain

Tampa?

Lady, the gun comes WITH THE CAR.

In Miami the rental cars come with TEC-9s.


27 posted on 03/27/2013 7:50:11 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: umgud
"Always check for drugs. It’s hell to get arrested for somebody else’s dope."

HA...reminds me...in about 1980-81 I was travelling a bit, and needed a bigger bag...my boyfriend at the time offered to lend me one...so, I took my business trip to Alaska and back. When home, I cleaned the bag out and found a stash of marijuana that he'd had in there...I was SOOOOO pissed. I never smoked the stuff, and didn't know he was...he claimed he wasn't, and that it was old. Shortly thereafter, I dumped him.

28 posted on 03/27/2013 7:55:52 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: MeganC

Neither do I and my grandchildren would have either known not to touch it or how to handle it if they’d found it.


29 posted on 03/27/2013 7:58:52 PM PDT by tiki
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It could have slid out from under my seat and into the back seat, and she could have picked it up and either one of us could have got shot," Linda Ashmore exclaimed.

Or you could have been driving your rental car in the outback, had a flat tire and a dingo could have eaten your baby.

Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry, if a tree don't fall on me I'll live 'til I die.

30 posted on 03/27/2013 7:59:46 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: goodnesswins

You are very lucky.


31 posted on 03/27/2013 8:00:37 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: marktwain

“That’s a feature.”


32 posted on 03/27/2013 8:01:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: umgud

Around here they auction off cars that have been seized because of drugs and one guy bought a truck and found a huge stash of marijuana that they missed.


33 posted on 03/27/2013 8:02:06 PM PDT by tiki
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To: marktwain

Who rented it before her, Jodi Arias?


34 posted on 03/27/2013 8:02:54 PM PDT by informavoracious (God help us.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I just today, took my two kids out in the drive way, one at a time, locked them in the trunk of the car, one at a time - after showing them the escape latch. They were outta there in nothing flat.

A good thing for kids to know about too.

Older cars however, may not have one.


35 posted on 03/27/2013 8:03:50 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: DManA
I wonder how the Chicago police got your address.

They didn't. Hertz sent it to me. I just blew it off.

But years ago, I did get a parking ticket in the mail from the city of Philadelphia ( I live in Western PA), and neither me or any of my cars had been in Philly for years.

It turned out the corrupt bastards in that corrupt city just sent out parking tickets at random to anyone with a licensed vehicle in the State of Pennsylvania.

I never paid that ticket either, and eventually the state smacked them down for their scam after they hit a couple of politically connected folks.

36 posted on 03/27/2013 8:04:11 PM PDT by Ditto
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I got mine from the city of San Diego (now that I think about it, not L.A.)

They kept sending me threatening letters and I just forward them to the rental company. After about a year they stopped.


37 posted on 03/27/2013 8:14:32 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Maybe I shouldn’t to to California anymore. I might owe then a $billion by now.


38 posted on 03/27/2013 8:17:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

“I wonder how the Chicago police got your address. I wondered how the L.A. police got my address.”

The very first organized surveillance of American citizens started with driver’s licenses.

Now there is a national database.


39 posted on 03/27/2013 8:18:14 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

The ticket was under the windshield wiper. I gave it to the clerk when I turned the car in. The first letter appeared at my house the next week.


40 posted on 03/27/2013 8:20:49 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

the national database nabbed you. Any authorized state employee in any state can access the national database to find you.


41 posted on 03/27/2013 8:24:11 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

I’m just trying to underhand. How did they link the license number to my address>?


42 posted on 03/27/2013 8:50:56 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; All

“A super accurate piece of junk.”

It wasn’t *that* accurate. But, revolvers tend to be inherently accurate, if they function how they are supposed to. I think it is the fixed barrel and forcing cone combination.

The sights and trigger made it hard to shoot.


43 posted on 03/27/2013 8:53:32 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Damn, the only thing I ever found in a rental car was a palm pilot.


44 posted on 03/27/2013 8:56:33 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Graybeard58

CRAP! That reminds me! I gotta let my kid out of the truck of the Chevelle!!!


45 posted on 03/27/2013 9:11:42 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: marktwain

Why is this news?


46 posted on 03/27/2013 9:38:03 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: marktwain

I have some real problems in believing that this was not a staged “gun violence” fiasco.

First of all, how many of you out there immediately check under the seat for something before you drive a car...especially a rental car?


47 posted on 03/28/2013 4:19:19 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: marktwain

It was fired from a machine rest. That eliminated all the variables of a person holding it. That is why it was so accurate.


48 posted on 03/28/2013 6:49:19 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: posterchild
I only look for ‘macro’ evidence. Anything not obvious I can always blame on my inattentiveness and the previous renter.

No matter what shape I return the rental car in, I let the counter person know there was some 'cosmetic damage'. They always tell me, "Don't worry about it"....
I'm like..."OKay...."

49 posted on 03/28/2013 8:15:49 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Thought that might be the case. Your posts always add to the total wisdom on a thread.


50 posted on 03/28/2013 8:56:45 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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