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Old 06-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Is there a site or anything that can be used to look up serial numbers of guns to see if they are stolen? I know that you can take it to the local police station or really the local state police station but I was just wondering if there was a site you could use to do it yourself.

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Which is what your FFL is supposed to be doing when he calls

a serial# in for you to purchase?

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Not all sales require or go through an FFL.

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Nope, like when I go to gun shows, people are just walking around with guns on them or a sign that they are selling guns. This would be considered as a private sale and sometimes its pretty sketchy considering some of them seem a little too cheap for what they are. So I was wondering if there was a site I could get on with my phone or whatever and check if its stolen or not. Also, in any private purchases that I would get around here if I found anything that I would like. You never want to just stroll into the local police station with a stolen gun. This would always result in the confiscation of the weapon and most likely charges.

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No there isn't; why? Short answer, because the feds want their database restricted to LEO access only. I have seen some local websites, but their information probably isn't as reliable or complete.

I actually called and emailed back and forth with my local police, state attorney general's office, and the batf office about this very issue not too long ago.

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No there isn't; why? Short answer, because the feds want their database restricted to LEO access only. I have seen some local websites, but their information probably isn't as reliable or complete.

I actually called and emailed back and forth with my local police, state attorney general's office, and the batf office about this very issue not too long ago.
Thanks for the info. I guess I will just have to go through the local pd and have them check before I buy whatever it is that I see out there.
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Small town or rural LEOs will probably run a SN thru the NCIC database for you- IF they have the gun in hand.

Think about it for a minute- they get a hit- and have no gun........

Access to NCIC is restricted to law enforcement.

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Small town or rural LEOs will probably run a SN thru the NCIC database for you- IF they have the gun in hand.

Think about it for a minute- they get a hit- and have no gun........

Access to NCIC is restricted to law enforcement.
Yeah, I really don't want to be caught walking into a police station with a stolen gun. I have a few friends in law enforcement so I may just give them a quick call before purchase to have them run it before I make the buy. Thanks for the info though.
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Just a thought- know who you buy from. If someone wants to sell me a gun, and is not willing to show me an ID of who he is and where he is from.....


RUN!

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Just a thought- know who you buy from. If someone wants to sell me a gun, and is not willing to show me an ID of who he is and where he is from.....


RUN!
Yes, I was taught that in private sales to take down id numbers along as the name, home address and dob of the person.
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