I'm now wondering what the correct protocol would be if I go into a public restroom to take a dump, and discover a gun left there.
Taking the gun so I can bring it somewhere and report it found, or to find its owner, or whatever... obviously bad because the mere seconds I was in possession of it could be enough to claim that I appropriated it for myself and wasn't actually trying to give it back.
But, if I leave it there, someone could find a security video of me leaving the restroom and assume I took it, and then get my life ruined because of that.
I'm thinking now the best course of action would be to bring immediate and severe attention to the issue, so that no one can claim I tried to take it. I suggest bursting out of the restroom doors screaming as loud as you can "OMG!!! There's a gun!!! A gun!!!! Everyone there's a gun!!!!" then run out the entrance and don't stop running. This one worries me a bit too, and I'm sure the police are going to find out who I am and pay me a visit, but at least no one will claim I took it.
That's why restaurant managers get paid the big bucks. Their place, their liability; I'd spin right around, tell a waitstaff drone to grab the manager, and keep making noise until that happens. I want a credible eyewitness there, pronto, able to say I did NOTHING to even suggest I'd take the Chief's gat. Frankly, these days, I'm as afraid of the police coverup as anything else, and the way to combat that is to get more eyes involved, not less.
Sheesh. That we even need to think about this stuff...