The famous handgun, along with Mark McCloskey’s AR-15 (clearly visible in the memes) were confiscated by local police and taken to a crime lab, where the alteration to the handgun took place. Technicians were able to successfully re-engineer the gun and make it fire again.
The handgun had been permanently disabled by putting the firing pin spring on the wrong side of the firing pin, making it inoperable. The McCloskeys indicated that it has been used as a prop in a courtroom during a lawsuit the couple had brought against a gun manufacturer. They had done this to the weapon so that it could be admitted into the courtroom legally.
Used in court as un-fire-able? But once prosecutor’s crime lab got through with it . . . ?