Woman Turns in Husband’s Guns to Police, Gets Surprise of Her Life


Sadly, some people do things out of spite. They go out of their way to be mean to other people (or a specific other person). And sometimes those spiteful actions come back to bite them.

Take the case of Courtney Irby. Sadly, she and her husband, Joseph, are going through a nasty divorce. In this case, it’s not just cruel words shouted at each other. It’s gotten into property damage and theft. Specifically, her estranged husband’s guns. Sasha Ingber writes,

A Florida prosecutor is deciding whether to pursue charges against a woman who turned in her husband’s guns to local police while he was in jail on a domestic violence charge.

On June 14, Courtney Irby left a divorce proceeding in Polk County, according to local media. In the parking lot, her estranged husband allegedly rammed his car into her vehicle and ran her off the road. Joseph Irby, 35, was arrested on a domestic violence aggravated battery charge and released on $10,000 bail the next day.

While he was in custody, Courtney Irby, 32, allegedly broke into his home and left with his assault rifle and handgun. Then she turned them in to the Lakeland Police Department.

“So you are telling me you committed armed burglary?” a police officer asked her, according to local media reports citing a police affidavit.

Police arrested her and charged her with two counts of grand theft of a firearm and one count of armed burglary. She spent six days in jail and got out on $7,000 bond last Thursday.

It’s sad that the Irby’s are going through a difficult situation, but stealing someone’s guns is going too far. Her family says that Courtney Irby did it for fear of safety for her kids, and that may be a legitimate concern. But her way of handling the situation doesn’t justify her theft, and, fortunately, her local law enforcement officers recognize that what she did is wrong.


As Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Brian Bruchy said, “We really don’t have authority to take firearms from people unless they are surrendered or there is a court order.”

At this time, we do not know if local law enforcement has returned Joseph Irby’s guns to him.



  1. and then he pours sugar down your gas tank….and you grease his frot seat…and he unhinges your drivers door and makes it a jeep…..what did this all due to help your situation….when do you call it quits and distance yourself from the problem or the completing of the problems?……is everything okay now….how would that look to your peers?

  2. Three things you never, ever touch, a man’s guns, hat, and his boots. Her daddy should.of raised her better.

  3. They both sound deranged – doesn’t sound like either one of them need to be iimvolved with guns …it seems they already have a history of very poor decision making skills, Just in this story alone! They will both be in prison for something they will regret soon enough!! They are definately perpetuating a cycle of domestic violence and its seems the domestic boundary is no longer a factor n their behavior choices.. my advice to that couple is Get control of your lives now before it’s no longer your choice

  4. Divorce is an ugly situation. When it descends to revenge-one ups man’ship, that’s when it really gets bad. One must rely on the court’s actions and not take the law into one’s hands (no matter how tempted). The wife broke the law, there is no doubt. If she felt threatened, she should have petitioned the court. Break and entry, armed burglary, and abject stupidity are a felony. Period!

  5. You stupid ass hole news people need to implant this up your ass because apparently your brain is evev dummer..

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ASSAULT RIFLE DUMMIES ITS A RIFLE PLAIN AND SIMPLE AND while your logging in your ass, learn the difference between semi and auto fire. Never seen such a bunch of ignorant idiots!!!

    • So true. There are many weapons that can be used in an assault, BTW……knives, clubs, rocks, etc and we see no whining about those. Because it’s a black rifle it’s a bad thing when it’s no different than any other rifle. You media children really do need to grow up.

    • YOU ARE RIGHT ON! The news media is so full of itself. When they come up with something and put a label on it, they feel they’re making history. This has gone to their heads, everyone at the news agencies is trying to come up first with the best. They have ruined this country.

      • I would say that I was probably the worst assault weapon you get at one time in my life. Up until about 2 years ago. My guns had nothing to do with it. It was just me. Now at 74 and replaced joints and bad case of shingles I am not.

  6. I agree with Cjg’s comment. The word “assault” is a verb or a noun, not an adjective. As journalists, you should already know that.

  7. The prosecutor should definitely pursue charges on both. The mental attitudes of both demonstrates their upbringing is severely lacking in discipline and they need a comeuppance.

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