Turns out, the baby bouncer box contained a Mossberg 715T semi-automatic rife. Although the gun wasn’t loaded and the chamber was locked, Alvarez-Rodriguez said the magazine inside the box was loaded.
So, I think I know what might have happened here.
Dude goes and finds a deal on the Mossberg .22 AR he’s been wanting, so he snaps it up. He didn’t bother to run it past the missus and, since it’s still a fairly sizeable purchase and he failed to talk to her about it, he now has to hide the gun. “Ah ha!” he thinks and stashes it in the baby bouncer box, taping it shut to reduce the chances of a casual peek inside.
A short time later, the wife is going through some things to donate and sees the box. Probably thinking something about how she thought she’d already donated the bouncer, she throws it in the donate pile.
Goodwill doesn’t look because it looks like a new in the box item.
Somewhere in Florida, there’s a very, very sad man who really wished he had just asked forgiveness since he failed to get permission.
Of course, this could have gone much worse. It could have put a gun in the hands of someone who was prohibited from having one, but those represent a tiny minority of the American public, so the odds were against that happening.
As Florida doesn’t have a universal background check requirement, there doesn’t seem to be any laws broken, even if accidentally. As a result, someone got a new gun for just $9.99.
And I hate them.
Nothing personal, just pure jealousy talking here.
Regardless, though, at least everyone involved got a good story out of the deal. That was arguably worth the $10 all on its own. As it was, though, they also got a new .22lr AR rifle out of the deal. Not too shabby.
I may or may not begin spending a lot more time at my local Goodwill, though.