Of all the weapons in his personal collection, Kristopher Gasior always cherished the wz.38M Maroszek rifle the most. The gun - one of only a handful in the world - came from Poland, his home country, and it was produced in the war that claimed his grandfather's life. But Gasior was not the only one with an interest in the military artifact. The Polish government views the Maroszek as a "great piece of cultural and scientific significance."
When Gasior...listed the weapon for sale on his Web site, Poland had U.S. federal agents seize it, arguing it had been stolen from the government during World War II.
I'm surprised there was such high level government interest in this rifle. One poster on the news website said Poland should have just paid Gasior for the weapon. However, since the article also said Gasior (who immigrated from Poland in the 1980s) was proud of his ancestors' participation in the defense of Poland it would have been a more gracious gesture on his part to have donated the rifle to a museum in Poland rather than put it up for sale on the open market.