Originally Posted by xcoreyyyx
I have heard that only pd and other officers of the law can do NICS checks. If you want a serial number checked and it comes back stolen, the pd takes the gun and locks it up just like everything else. I doubt companies deal stolen guns. The only place I think you may run into this problem is in pawnshops and private sales. Other than that, I think you are pretty safe dealing with companies who make the guns and all.
It can be quite confusing, I've got a couple years in with different agencies here in Ky. To help define, NCIC is restricted to government use only, yes LEO has access, generally through dispatch . NCIC is nationwide system that we can check to see if a subject is a fugitive, check to see if items like guns, vehicles or basically anything that has a serial # is stolen. It also can pull complete criminal histories including arresting agency, charge and disposition.
NICS is assessable by FFL Dealers and may function in conjunction with NCIC records as far as criminal history is concerned. Although required information on the 4473, I've never been asked by the examiner for the serial # when transferring.
Off subject, but worth pointing out... record all serial#'s, make, model of anything you own that is of value to you. If the unfortunate happens and something of yours gets stolen the chances of recovering it once entered in NCIC is MUCH greater.
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