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Gun Left Out During House Showing?

Real Estate Agent with Vision Real Estate LLC

I toured a home with a potential Buyer the other day.  As I entered the house, I knocked and called out  "Hello I am here for a showing" ( as I usually do).  After realizing that the house was empty I opened the door further and stepped inside.  The dining room, which was in the next room and in clear view of the front door housed a table with something on it.  As I approached closer, I realzed it was a leather gun holster, a clip and a gun case....but no gun.

I froze in my tracks..."Hello?" I called out suspiciously.

Not sure if I was alone, many different scenarios flashed before my eyes.  Why is this stuff left out on the table?  What if someone else is in the house and actually has the gun that belongs in this leather holster?

I stood and listened to the silence of the home and decided to enter the kitchen which was adjacent to the dining room and seemed quiet.  I checked it out, looked down the hall leading to the back door and sure enough, the house seemed empty. 

My heart was still pounding as I unlocked the garage to let the Buyer in, as they couldn't manuveur on the difficult concrete stairs leading to the stoop on the outside of the house. 

Has this ever happened to anyone out there but maybe was worse than just the gun case and clip?  We go into homes all the time without knowing what to expect.  I have been in some strange places with Clients when working in this field. 

Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

LOL...oh, yeah, I showed a home a few years ago where a large caliber handgun was left out on the bed, along with plenty of ammo. Of course, this guy also had a full size tanning bed...which made me laugh.  I called his agent and let him know about the gun - he was simply horrified. 

Nov 24, 2010 02:58 PM
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Julie ~ WOW! I really don't like guns. I'm sure I would not have been as brave as you and pushed forward. I believe I would have back pedaled right out of there.

Nov 24, 2010 03:08 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Kind of scary.  Hopefully the gun was locked up in a gun safe.

Nov 24, 2010 03:32 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Julie * I had to check where you were from * in the SOUTH, this would be no big deal.  Military and law enforcement often have them out in their own homes.  My sister's gun is in an apurn on her dining room table.  Ammo is elsewhere

Nov 24, 2010 11:13 PM
Julie Nearing
Vision Real Estate LLC - Farmington, CT

I loved your responses guys!  Thanks.

Nov 26, 2010 12:15 AM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Seems a little strange someone would leave their gun accessory's out when they are selling their home. Barking and snapping dogs are far more intimidating to me than guns.

Nov 27, 2010 12:18 AM