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Old 02-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #41
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Viking Dad brings up a good point about "Transfer Paperwork." We, civilians, do not have access to call the police no. to have background checks done on serial numbers or people.

"I" am responsible for insuring the person I am selling to can legally accept the item in question. This has been a boon for gunshops because people are selling to them to avoid the paperwork.

Note: The law does not say I have to use a gunshop as a middleman but I am held accountable if I sell to unauthorized personel.

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:16 PM   #42
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Bill we heard you. Close only counts in Horse shoes and Hand grenades. You need to read the 1968 Federal Gun Laws to get a complete understanding.
I have a pretty complete understanding. My reading comprehension is pretty good. As I said before, I have dealt with BATF on exactly this same issue. I happen to know from experience that I am correct. Can you say that?
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My friends mother had the police pick up the firearm. I don't know much more than that, with the family still grieving I didn't want to play 20 questions. I will talk to his brother this weekend.


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If Robocop isn't right about that his advice is what I would follow. I would never risk getting caught with a firearm that has been altered in that way. Period.

On the other hand, if I lived in a state where FTF transfers are legal I might take the precaution of checking the serial number of a firearm that I am interested in buying before I buy. Wold the local PD do this for you? (please note that I am in CA where FTF transfers are not legal, we must do all transfers through an FFL with the DROS and 10 day waiting period in all cases).
Not only do I have a list with S\Ns (for all manufactured after 1968, or any that have one) of all of the firearms I own, I also keep records of all private transfers to or from me along with ID for the seller\buyer. I firmly believe it is one's responsebility to cover one's own azz. Since the Unsafe Act was passed, I no longer can or will do a private transfer, period. Once I move out of NY, that may change, but I will still continue to check SNs and keep records with a copy of ID of the other party. I have passed up some damn fine long guns (pistols were handled by the county clerk, and with possesion permits the only way to transfer was between permit holders) over the years due to folks not wanting to be included in these records. No skin off my azz, and their choice.

Here's a link to a site to quick check SNs. http://www.hotgunz.com/

As to the OP: First off, my condolences on the loss of your friend, to both you and his family. The aftermath of a suicide is a rough thing to deal with.

Turning in the pistol to LE was the best option in this case. Had it been a rare collector's piece, I would have suggested contacting the ATF, and seeing what your options were, but that was not the case.
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