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wieseman71 02-08-2014 06:58 PM

Can u have a serial # put back on a firearm
I gave a friend of mine a TEC 9 in 1996 as a partial payment towards the money I owned him for my honeymoon. He recently took his life and the family wants to give me his firearms. For some stupid reason he scratched off the SN. I know it's not stollen or used in a crime, and it was last registered to me. Can the firearm be made legal or should it be turned in to LEO. I have not taken possession of it and the family is counting on me to help them do what's right and legal. Thanks

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KG7IL 02-08-2014 07:22 PM

Great Question and you are applauded for posting.

Let me put it this way. If the serial number was purposely scratched off and made illegible , then someone violated a law. If the serial number can be recovered by etching or other means, then, while it may have been obliterated, it may still be there. . . ... See. touchy subject huh. . .

Would a 'simple' restore job recover the serial number accurately. Would it take a forensic group some time, expertise and special acids?

These questions are rhetorical and I expect no answer from you.

I would assume that the serial number is still there, and if it was not readily made legible, I would approach a trusted LEO and see if they need the gun for training in forensics, then return it to you when it has been restored.

Wild Idea. . . worth a try.

wieseman71 02-08-2014 07:50 PM

I have not seen it so I don't know how bad he scratched at the SN. I just don't want his family to suffer any legal problems or get my self in trouble by taking possession of it.

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mountainman13 02-08-2014 08:17 PM

I would recommend having it decommissioned. Scratched off serial numbers are going to raise eyebrows.

better judged by twelve than carried by six.

BillDeShivs 02-08-2014 08:33 PM

If you have the original number, it can be reapplied.

nitestalker 02-08-2014 08:44 PM

Do not take advise from "Forum Attorneys." Check out links regarding the laws on"Obliterated" serial numbers. There was a change to these rules in 2012. :)

JWagner 02-08-2014 08:52 PM

Is this addressed on the BATF web site?

wieseman71 02-08-2014 08:56 PM

Thanks for the reply's guys, I didn't expect to get a easy answer. I guess I'll talk to my local sheriff.

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wieseman71 02-08-2014 09:06 PM

Thanks nightstalker!!!! With that info I'll have the family call the police so they can go get it from his home. I want nothing to do with anything illegal.

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c3shooter 02-08-2014 09:13 PM

As Nitestalker pointed out, it is a heavy duty Federal felony to obliterate a firearm serial OR to possess such a firearm.

There IS a mechanism in place to apply to the BATFE for a new serial number to be stamped on the firearm, very limited circumstances.

Not to be a gun snob, but would not go thru that for a Tec-9. Maybe for an original 1928 Thompson.

Best thing is to arrange with LEOs to surrender the gun for destruction.

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