Handgun found inside hollowed-out book donated to Indiana library

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Valparaiso, IN, United States (4E) – An employee at the Valparaiso, Indiana branch of the Porter County Public Library has discovered a gun this week after opening a hallowed-out book.

The donated book, Robert Stone’s novel “Outerbridge Reach,” has been the holding place for what police described as a gold Arma San Marco .31-caliber, a single-shot black powder handgun with a wooden handle.

According to Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson, “somebody just opened it up and said, ‘Oh my.’”

Nelson informed police about the find but she said that they cannot give any information about the owner or when the book was dropped because thousands of books are donated each month and records are not kept.

Police reported that the gun was not stolen and it is being held as evidence.

Nelson revealed that this is not the first time a gun was found in a book. She said that she heard another story of the same incident happening sometime before she worked at the library around 12 years ago.

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