Who needs gun regulation? Gun owners are responsible people who are simply exercising their constitutional rights and pose no threat to anyone, right?
Recently, Lauren Tannehill, 26, a model and wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, returned a rented SUV to the E-Z Rent-A-Car agency in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida without checking the back seat. As it turns out that was a serious oversight — she had forgotten that her husband’s AR-15 was stashed back there.
Apparently the rental agency did not thoroughly check the car out either as they rented it out to another customer hours later a mother and daughter on vacation from Rochester, New York who found the rifle two days later.
Judith Fleissig, 58, said that when her daughter unzipped the bag she found under the back seat which had been folded down since the Tannehills returned the car, “We got out of the car, we were kind of freaked out, I didn’t want to touch it.”
The Fleissigs immediately contacted the rental agent who advised them to take the weapon to the nearest police station, which they did.
Police said that after investigating they found that the gun was legally owned by Tannehill and that no crime had been committed, they did however note that it could have had a different outcome. If the wrong person had found the weapon it may have led to a tragic end.
“Though dangerous if it would have landed in the wrong hands, it’s not criminal,” said Broward sheriff’s spokeswoman Keyla Concepción. “They simply forgot it.”
The Tannehills did call the rental company immediately to report that they had left a bag behind in the car, however they did not feel that it was important to mention that in the bag there was a powerful semi-automatic rifle. There has been no explanation as to why no one at the rental agency had removed it from the car.
E-Z Rent-A-Car’s vice president of business development Charlie Graham said that he was surprised that no one had discovered the gun before the car was re-rented since it is company policy to clean all cars between rentals.
Tannehill was told that he would have to contact the Hillsboro Beach Police Department to reclaim his rifle. It is unclear if he has as yet retrieved it.
h/t: Bleacher Report