Thursday, September 18, 2014

Officer Helps With WWI Gun Donation to Museum

On September 8th, 2014, Officer Amy Malone was dispatched to our Sanders Patrol Station to take a recovered property report from a citizen. While we take lots of reports at the station for various reasons, the call Officer Malone responded to that day appeared to be nothing more than someone wanting to turn a firearm into the police department, but this call turned out to be much more than that.

This type of thing is certainly nothing new as we occasionally get people who inherit guns after a loved one passes, and for whatever reason, don't want the guns in their possession. They would rather bring them to the station so it'll be properly disposed of and there's no chance of it falling into the wrong hands.

Officer Malone met up with the reporting party that day who said he received the gun from his father-in-law back in 1978, shortly before he passed away. The son-in-law told Officer Malone that he had never fired the gun and now wanted it to be in safe hands as he was also getting up there in age. He hoped it could be utilized for something good so he decided to turn it in to law enforcement as opposed to selling it. 

The firearm was a WWI issue Colt 1911, 45 caliber in excellent condition, with four boxes of original ammunition. It was produced in 1918.

Officer Malone agreed to take the gun from him, but was uncertain as to what she could do with it. She knew it was a piece of history and was reluctant to destroy it or let it sit ignored for years on a shelf in the property room.

The next day, Officer Malone contacted Doran Cart, Senior Curator, at the
National World War One Museum located at the Liberty Memorial (100 W. 26th Street, KCMO). She told him about the firearm that had been turned into the department and inquired if it was something they may wish to preserve. Mr, Cart advised they were extremely interested in the firearm should the owner wish to donate it.

Officer Malone then contacted the owner at his residence and informed him of the possibility his gun could be donated to the museum. The owner and his wife thought it was a wonderful idea and wanted to proceed with it.

Not only did Officer Malone arrange to have the gun preserved at the museum, she also went over and gave the donor a ride down to the museum so he could deliver the gun in person.

The actions of Officer Malone and the gun's donor will assure that current and future generations will be able to visit the museum and see another important artifact from this nation's history.