US. I )M MADELINE SCHMITT. A FAMILY VISITING NEW MEXICO FROM CALIFORNIA GOT QUITE THE SURPRISE DURING A STOP A LOCAL MUSEUM. A LOADED GUN MYSTERIOUSLY MADE ITS WAY INTO THEIR RENTAL CAR. NEWS 13 )S ALLISON MARTINEZ IS HERE WITH MORE ON THE STRANGE DISCOVERY. ALLISON. MADELINE, THIS FAMILY SAYS THEY CLEANED OUT THE CAR BEFORE GOING TO THE NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE MUSEUM LAST WEEKEND AHEAD OF THEIR FLIGHT HOME. THAT )S WHY THEY )RE STILL CONFUSED AS TO HOW THE FIREARM GOT THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. A LOADED GUN WAS THE LAST THING HE EXPECTED. Casey Craig/found gun in car I just instinctively thought, )oh maybe those are the keys ). So, I reached down and grabbed it and what I pulled back was…a pistol, a side arm, a firearm. THIS CALIFORNIA FAMILY WAS IN TOWN LAST WEEKEND, EXPLORING NEW MEXICO IN A CAR THEY SAY THEY RENTED FROM AVIS AT THE SUNPORT. FOR FOUR DAYS, THEY WENT SIGHTSEEING AROUND THE STATE. Julie Mendelsohn We came up to see all of the neat ancient ruins. AND ON THEIR LAST DAY IN TOWN, THEY DECIDED TO GO TO THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE TO KILL A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT HOME. EARLIER THAT DAY, JULIE MENDELSOHN SAYS SHE THOROUGHLY SWEPT THE RENTAL CAR LOOKING FOR ANY LOOSE ITEMS. Julie Mendelsohn I have been dinged from a rental car company before for having sand in the car and it )s a $75 fee and I )m not paying that. So, I made sure the whole car was super clean before we left the hotel. FROM THE HOTEL, THEY WENT TO THE MUSEUM. Craig After we had been there for about an hour and a half or so Julie had complained that she was chilly. CRAIG WENT TO GET HER JACKET — WHICH IS WHEN THEY NOTICED THEIR RENTAL CAR KEYS WERE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. CRAIG It turned out the car was unlocked and the keys were not in the ignition, so I started to search the car. THAT )S WHEN THEY SAW THE GUN UNDER THE PASSENGER SEAT — AND CALLED A-P-D. AND THEY WEREN )T THE ONLY ONES BAFFLED. JULIE The two security guards from the museum they )d never seen anything like it before…no one had. IN THE END… THERE WAS NO CLEAR CONCLUSION AS TO HOW THE GUN GOT THERE. A-P-D SAYS IT DID NOT COME BACK AS STOLEN POSSIBLY BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL GUN OWNER DID NOT KNOW THE SERIAL NUMBER. MADELINE, BACK TO YOU. OKAY THANKS ALLISON. MENDELSOHN SAYS NOTHING WAS STOLEN FROM THE CAR. IT HAD TO BE TOWED BECAUSE THE KEYS WERE NEVER FOUND.