What he is going to hate worse is when the thief shoots someone with it in a couple years and he has to explain that he wasnt the shooter and why he didnt report it stolen.
In which case he could easily let every member of the jury handle/shoot the recovered SR9, and they would immediately understand why he didn't report it.
Even if he doesnt want the gun back wouldnt he want the thief to get put in jail when he gets pulled over with a stolen gun?
I said the same thing. He said it is far worse punishment to own/possess that pistol than to do a short stint in Parish.