The handgun I found was without a clip. The police officer who I took to the gun pointed out that the clip was gone, but that doesn't mean there might not be a bullet ready to fire. Today's LJWorld story provided more details of how the woman was shot:
"Franklin, a longtime close acquaintance of the family, had a gun he was handling and showing at the gathering, Enclarde said witnesses told him. Enclarde said Franklin cleared the chamber of the gun — or so he thought — then took the clip out. Mistakenly believing there was no bullet left, he squeezed the trigger and shot Turner, Enclarde said."
I guess that's another clue to suggest the handgun I found was involved. It is really sad to read about the 30 year old woman who was shot.