Historic Tommy gun found in wall

April 14, 2005 at 2:07 PM

JOLIET, Ill., April 14 (UPI) -- An Illinois man found a mint-condition 77-year-old Tommy gun in a wall of his house, but authorities took it and now he wants it back.

Andrew Mayes, a Lockport Township real estate businessman, was renovating a house he had just bought when he found the immaculate Thompson submachine gun stowed in a canvas bag, with about 400 rounds of ammunition.

Mayes called the sheriff's office and Deputy Dan Jungles picked up the famed "Chicago typewriter," as the notorious weapon of the infamous '20s gang wars was known, and took it in, the Joliet Herald News said.

Sheriff Paul Kaupas said the particular model "shoots real sweet" and wants to keep it. Mays wants it back and has contacted a lawyer about recovering it, though it's against the law in Ilinois to possess fully automatic weapons.

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