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Checking a used guns serial number

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Old 07-09-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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Checking a used guns serial number

In the past when I've acquired a used gun it was either through a dealer or through a person whom I've known so the issue of a firearms background has not come into play. But recently I've been looking to sell/trade a cheap motorcycle and an offer I got was for a gun and I'm very interested in making the trade but I'm a little leary of not knowing the history of the gun. I've asked to have the serial number emailed to me so I can reasearch it but I really don't know what to do next. Do I just call my local PD and tell them what's up?
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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I doubt they'll do anything.

Create a bill of sale to CYA.
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someone posted a link a bit ago that you could run the SN yourself
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Most local police depts will run the serial number...but all that will tell you is if its coming up stolen, and then if it does your required to turn in the firearm.

Get a bill of sale, or copy of persons drivers license to show who you obtained the firearm through if anything ever was to happen.
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Most local police depts will run the serial number...but all that will tell you is if its coming up stolen, and then if it does your required to turn in the firearm.

Get a bill of sale, or copy of persons drivers license to show who you obtained the firearm through if anything ever was to happen.
bill of sale that you right their drivers license on you copy it obviously. You should be fine with their signature by the date. If your really worried, loan it to a gun range and ask them to rent it out, until they have fired 2k rounds through it.
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In the past when I've acquired a used gun it was either through a dealer or through a person whom I've known so the issue of a firearms background has not come into play. But recently I've been looking to sell/trade a cheap motorcycle and an offer I got was for a gun and I'm very interested in making the trade but I'm a little leary of not knowing the history of the gun. I've asked to have the serial number emailed to me so I can reasearch it but I really don't know what to do next. Do I just call my local PD and tell them what's up?

In Tennessee we can run your serial number through NCIC but it will only tell if it is stolen or not . If you want a copy of the original owner it is a lot more complicated . Guns in Tn do not have to be registered like a car does .
When you run a car through NCIC is comes back with the current owners information and all . With guns it is stolen or not stolen .
Just call an officer out to your house or on the phone and give him the serial number and they should run it for you . We do it all the time .
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In Tennessee we can run your serial number through NCIC but it will only tell if it is stolen or not . If you want a copy of the original owner it is a lot more complicated . Guns in Tn do not have to be registered like a car does .
When you run a car through NCIC is comes back with the current owners information and all . With guns it is stolen or not stolen .
Just call an officer out to your house or on the phone and give him the serial number and they should run it for you . We do it all the time .
Man things are different out your way....try and call a MI cop to your house to do a courtesy serial check on a gun and you'll probably get laughed off the phone.
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I always just write the serial down and go to the sheriff's office and ask them to run before I buy. They always oblige.
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Man things are different out your way....try and call a MI cop to your house to do a courtesy serial check on a gun and you'll probably get laughed off the phone.

Are you serious? Thats really rude of them . We go out to verify V.I.N numbers and such all the time . If we laughed at someone like that we'd get in serious trouble.
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Are you serious? Thats really rude of them . We go out to verify V.I.N numbers and such all the time . If we laughed at someone like that we'd get in serious trouble.
Hell you should come out to Detroit. Unless someone just died or some guy is shooting everyone in sight the cops aren't coming. And even then you better not hold your breath.
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