Teens find loaded gun in Publix bathroom, retired FBI agent claims it

Published: Jan. 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM EST
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Source: WALB
Source: WALB

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Two Georgia teenagers found a loaded gun in a grocery store restroom Tuesday afternoon and it turns out the gun belongs to a retired FBI agent.

The gun, a 40 caliber SIG loaded with 12 hollow point bullets, was lying on the right side of a sink in the men's restroom at a Publix store.

15 and 16-year-old brothers found the gun, and told their mother who alerted the store manager. He then called the sheriff's office.

60-year-old David Hallman heard a news report about the discovery of the gun and realized that he was missing his own pistol. He then remembered that he'd left it in the bathroom at Publix.

The retired FBI agent had placed the gun on the sink, washed his hands, and left -- leaving the gun behind.

He called the county sheriff and told him that the weapon was his.

Hallman, who has a Georgia Firearms License issued in Lee County, met with the sheriff, proved the gun was his, and reclaimed it.

The sheriff has notified the Lee County Probate Court, which handles firearms licenses applications, of the incident.

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