So here’s a little backstory… My sister-in-law has some mental and financial issues and has a boyfriend that’s mentally unstable. A few months ago, the boyfriend found my SIL’s revolver in an unlocked box and took photos of himself pointing the gun at his temple, posted them on Facebook, etc. You guessed it, this caused quite a stir in the family.
I have a gun safe at home and I’m well trained in handling firearms, so I offered to the family to keep the revolver safe, as well as the .22WMR rifle that she keeps lying around for some reason. My SIL agreed and I’ve had the guns in my safe for the last 5 months.
But, I don’t want to keep them around forever. At some point I’d like to return the firearms but I feel very conflicted about it. The boyfriend still lives with my SIL and I would never forgive myself if he harmed her or himself in whatever stupor he’ll be in. Note, she still doesn’t have any means to lock up her firearms safely.
So what should I do? Should I go to the police and reference red flag laws (we’re in Florida)? Should I just keep the guns until she can show to me that she has secure means of storing a firearm? Or should I just give them back, hope for the best, and trust that they’re adults?
Any serious advice would be highly appreciated!
If you have the opportunity and ability to keep firearms from two people with mental issues why would you not? You said your SIL has mental issues too! Sounds like giving them the guns back is just a recipe for a tragedy or am I missing anything? That revolver can’t possibly be taking up that much room in your safe.
Respectfully, you already answered your own question. Just continue storing them safely for your SIL. Whatever you do, do NOT “red flag” your SIL.
Welcome to the family brother
@Byron21 and you are in the right place at the right time.