Two young boys find loaded handgun in their neighborhood


Ryan Dove and her family came home after church on Easter Sunday to relax and spend quality time together.

“My 16-year-old son, Braydon, and my 11-year-old nephew asked if they could go to the park. I said ‘yeah sure that’s fine.’ They usually go on scooters, they go just around the way. It’s about a mile or so up the road,” said Brandon’s mother Ryan Dove. 

After 15 minutes, the boys returned home with an unexpected finding.

“Braydon comes running at me and says mom, I found this in the road and handed me a black bag. I had opened up the zipper part of it and it’s a fully loaded nine-millimeter Ruger,” said Dove. 

Ryan immediately called the sheriff’s office and they say this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2018, 19 guns were reported stolen out of unlocked cars.

“So far in 2019 we’ve had two, one of which was this past weekend where a gun was found discarded that had been stolen out of a car in Shawnee Land,” said Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland.

That day, many young kids were playing in the neighborhood and Ryan’s biggest concern was the gun getting into the wrong hands.

“When it comes to children finding it, that’s bad. You should know where it is at all times,” said Dove. 

To Ryan, this incident was personal. 

“I lost my fiance to a gunshot so I kinda think that helped Braydon make the right decision. I’m just really proud that they did do the right thing and weren’t foolish enough to play with it,” said Dove. 

Ryan says she’s so proud of her son and nephew for bringing the gun to her and helping prevent a very tragic accident.

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