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Posted: 2/4/2006 4:12:15 PM EDT
Just wondering if it is legal and what would hurt the value more removing the mark and reblueing or just leaving it there. I miss the no import marked guns but, I want to be legal and not hurt the value even though I'll probably never sell any.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:56:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 5:21:01 PM EDT by whoanelly]
I can find no laws relating to an individual consumer/purchaser, which leads me to believe that an importer MUST mark the firearm, but after the firearm is sold, it is sort of like taking the tag off of your own mattress.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 5:03:42 PM EDT
I'm almost positive that it's illegal, but I don't want to research it since MY ass isn't on the line. Hint Hint....
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 5:54:26 PM EDT
oh crap, I hear sirens-between removing my mattress tag and now this...well, it's been a good run, so long ARFCOM...
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:23:15 PM EDT
Haven't done anything yet. Just kinda curious. It just looks like shit when you buy something like a makarov and the whole left side of the slide is covered in importer bullshit.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 6:00:55 AM EDT
the owner of a gun can remove anything but the serial #. sorry, my fed reg book is packed away or i woudl reference the correct section. they have talked about this extensively on the AK side of the boards. the manufacturers/ smiths that have been building AKs from kits have to apply from waivers to move/remove any markings on a firearm, but the owner can do what he wants as long as they leave the serial # alone.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 7:24:26 AM EDT
Thats what I thought but I wanted to do a little more checking.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:03:30 AM EDT
How would you get the stamp off? Sand it?
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:11:07 AM EDT
It's real light on my 91/30 sniper. Probably 220-320 then some 600 grit and re blue.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:48:51 AM EDT
Here's the research I've done on this:


For Title 1 (non-NFA firearms), the following is unlawful:

18 USC Sec. 922

It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport,
ship, or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce, any firearm
which has had the importer's or manufacturer's serial number
removed, obliterated, or altered or to possess or receive any
firearm which has had the importer's or manufacturer's serial
number removed, obliterated, or altered and has, at any time, been
shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

For Title 2 (NFA) firearms:

26 USC Sec. 5861
Identification of firearms other than destructive devices
Each manufacturer and importer and anyone making a firearm shall
identify each firearm, other than a destructive device,
manufactured, imported, or made by a serial number which may not be
readily removed, obliterated, or altered, the name of the
manufacturer, importer, or maker, and such other identification as
the Secretary may by regulations prescribe.


It shall be unlawful for any person -

(g) to obliterate, remove, change, or alter the serial number
or other identification of a firearm required by this chapter; or
(h) to receive or possess a firearm having the serial number or
other identification required by this chapter obliterated,
removed, changed, or altered; or
(i) to receive or possess a firearm which is not identified by
a serial number as required by this chapter

Other info:

Non-NFA marking requirements
NFA marking requirements

For non-NFA firearms, it is unlawful to remove the serial number. No prohibition is made on the removal of other required markings. For NFA firearms, not only is the removal of the serial number prohibited, but also the removal of other required markings.

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