Under most circumstances, No. Frequently I will have potential clients call me up and say they found a gun, they took it
to the police and asked if the gun is registered in Florida. The police told them that the gun was not registered, and they
turn the gun over to the police.
Strictly speaking, what the police are telling them is absolutely accurate, and perfectly misleading. Florida has NO
gun registration: Florida does not register guns. So, of course, if you ask a police officer if a gun is registered in Florida
they are being quite truthful in saying it is not registered; what some police agencies will leave out is that the reason
that the gun is not registered is because we don't have gun registration in Florida.
Now, I do understand that people have different comfort levels about guns; some people do not want anything to do with
them and are afraid of handling them. However, as I note in my answer about personal representatives, the personal representative
has a duty to be fair to everyone. One of those duties is not to needlessly waste assets of the estate. While most guns are
not terribly valuable, nearly all guns have some value and even if all one does is sell the gun to a gun dealer you will not
be wasting the estate assets.
If, on the other hand, you are the sole beneficiary and are uncomfortable with guns, and wish to turn the gun over to the
police, you can.
If you have specific questions about the legality of a particular gun you should consult with your attorney to determine
what should be done with it.