A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Las Vegas, NV
Level 4
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I am really beginning to wonder if this is worth it. My guest was a local. He rang my doorbell and was instant booked only 25 minutes prior. I was in the pool and the kids answered the door. I immediately checked my phone and it was an instant book. So I let him around into the room. After they checked out when I moved the futon to vacuum under it there was a pink cloth bag and inside was a small 22 hand gun. He never responded to my text with the phone number he left on Airbnb when he was here and still hasn't. I don't think it was his number. I am not opposed to guns, but having a stranger in my home with a weapon is weighing on my mind. I'm not sure why they rented but I seem to be having problems with locals. I don't want to rent to them but don't know how to weed them out. Now a gun....hmmm. 

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Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Coober Pedy, Australia
Level 10

I am really unfamiliar with gun laws in America, but doesn't he have to keep it in a secure locked place? I would report it to the police.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Eugene, OR
Level 10

ha. Ha. Ha.

No.

Cry. Cry. Cry. 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Eugene, OR
Level 10

@Bernadette82 Go to your profile and make sure that you set your lead time to at least 24hrs. That way at the very least you get to message him ahead of time and find out what his mission is. I won’t rent to locals. You can call Airbnb after a local has instant booked and tell The, you’re uncomfortable with it and they will cancel for you, hopefully.

That hasn’t stopped illegal activities for me, since Airbnb doesn’t criminal background check everyone, but I require a two day lead time before check in for this and other reasons. 

 

Now, what the hell do you do with a weapon that’s not registered in your name? I think I’d turn it in to the police. 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 10

Hi  @Bernadette82

 

Jess (sorry can't seam to tag?) has really good advice here.

 

24 hours in advance at least for instant book (you can still have the option for same day, but they have to request first so you can avoid suprises!)

 

Weeds out alot of iusses, same day bookings (especially locals) often have a bad rep.

 

If guns are an  issue for you, could you put an extra rule saying no guns on your property? (Maybe worded to stay nuetral in your uniquely amerian debate over guns, " you don't provide correct storage in the room therefor would like to keep them off the property"?)

 

Also yeah, dropping off the gun at a police station is a good shout.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Denver, CO
Level 2

Loiuse, try as I might, I cannot find where you can set 24 hrs in advance for instant book only.  Could you tell me where you found that?  Thank you.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Las Vegas, NV
Level 4

Thank you. I did change the 24 hour lead time. Finally found that control. Even if I did state 'no guns allowed', it was a concealed weapon and there is no way to check if a guest has a gun. If you have a CCW permit you are allowed to carry one and conseal it. There just wouldn't be a way for me to know if anyone is actully carring one unless I see it or find it by accident. I really do not want to rent to locals, they have been nothing but trouble for me. 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
London, United Kingdom
Level 10

@Bernadette82

I would call the police explaining exactly what happened and asking them to come and collect the gun.

I would also report to Airbnb

and text the guest telling them to go and collect the gun at XX police station.

 

 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Las Vegas, NV
Level 4

Thank you but the police doesn't make house calls for that. I would have to drop it off. 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Denver, CO
Level 2

We just had our housekeeping service find a gun under the pillow at one of our properties.  We phoned the police, and they did in fact come out and pick up the weapon.  

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Atascosa, TX
Level 10

@Bernadette82  I would turn it over to the police. My guess is he has concealed carry and just accidentally left it.  Stupid, yes! Some guests are not the brightest light bulbs out there ;D. He can retrive it at the police department with registration information and proof of purchase/ownership. It does not even require an in person deal it can all be done via internet at least in the US.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Las Vegas, NV
Level 4

Yes it was a concealed gun. Called him back and he came to get it in a hurry. 

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Albany, Australia
Level 10

Another gun discussion! You crazy Yanks! (sorry, I'll probably get in trouble for that). @Bernadette82, maybe you should put on your house rules that weapons aren't permitted. I know I wouldn't want someone I don't know with a gun in my home with my kids! Definitely take it to the police.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Assenede, Belgium
Level 9

I dont care even he could carry one on him by usa law. It is still my house and wouldnt not want a gun or other weapon in my house.

I would think that that would be a violation on me.

Re: A local guest left a hand gun under the bed?

in
Las Vegas, NV
Level 4

I can put that, but how would I really know. Strip search....hahaha. jk. If you have a CCW permit you can carry it consealed. He obviously put it out of the way and forgot it. 

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