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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 11/11/2001 3:41:24 AM EST
This is regarding used purchases.

Is there a way for an individual to verify the serial number of a firearm is not reported stolen prior to acquiring it?

I appreciate any comments on this matter.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:16:38 AM EST
Usually I just trust my gut feeling on this kind of thing. I just go by my impression of the person selling the gun and what the price is. Usually a ridiculously low price is the first sign. This just what I do, I guess you could get the serial # and ask the police to check for you. But I would still fall back on the idea that, if you don't feel comfortable with the situation then don't buy it.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:24:49 AM EST
You probably can't check completely. I kind of remember a website that was to be used as a clearing house for stolen guns' serial numbers, but I can't find it now. Even that would all depend on the owner turning in the info.

What VA-gunnut said.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:40:34 AM EST
gee you'd think if the government was serious about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals that it would put up a website that would allow this. Surely tracking down stolen firearms has to be to everone's advantage.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 7:34:29 AM EST
Price is the main indicator. Pre-ban complete rifle for $500 is stolen. New-in-box 36" TVs for $100 are stolen. No way to track either.

Curt --

Complete gun registration will allow you to track this. Won't keep guns out of criminal hands, though, as they don't ask and don't tell if it's stolen.

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 7:46:43 AM EST
The police will do it for you. The bad part is they have to have it in their hand when they do it.I think the problem there is obvious!

I ran across a website once that did this but it may have been for Florida only. I will have to look around.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 8:02:56 AM EST
This used to be a place:

Link Posted: 11/11/2001 9:16:02 AM EST
Not much available for DIY. Ask local LE to run the serial through NICS. Sheriffs office does it here.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 9:47:37 AM EST
In dallas you can call the police and tell them you found a deal on a gun and you want to know if it is stolen, no proplem, but if it turns up hot, you HAVE to tell them where the gun is.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 3:01:25 PM EST
Thanks for the tips. I appreciate everyone's help.
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