It's not unusual for counter agents to ask rental customers whether they want "protection" for their rental period. However, that typically refers to collision damage waiver or supplemental liability insurance products -– certainly not firearms. But according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle, a couple from Conroe, Texas, recently discovered a gun in the console of their rental car.
It turns out the gun belonged to a deputy with the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable's office. The deputy has apologized for his forgetfulness.