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Is there a website to check if a gun is stolen before i buy it?

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Old 08-17-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Is there a website to check if a gun is stolen before i buy it?

Is there a web site to check the serial number if a gun is stolen before i buy a used gun?
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:53 PM   #2
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Call your county's Sheriff's department and they will usually run the numbers for you. Be prepared to turn the weapon or the seller in if it is stolen.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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Why not just ask the seller and then have your local PD run a check.

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Old 08-18-2011, 06:10 AM   #4
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Why worry? You didn't KNOW it was stolen when you took possession of it. All you legally need to do is verify, to the best of your ability, that the seller resides in the same state you do. If you're really worried an offered gun may be stolen, simply walk away - from the gun AND the seller.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
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Unless you suspect it is stolen, don't worry about it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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Is there a web site to check the serial number if a gun is stolen before i buy a used gun?

The only way I am familiar with would be to contact your local PD. Honestly though if I even suspected the gun are the seller were not legit I would walk away and not look back.
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Old 08-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #7
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You obviously have reason to ask the question. Why then would you consider the deal.

If you buy it and ever get checked you will be the one in possession of a stolen firearm - a felony - you will be charged and if convicted you will never legally own a gun again.

Why take the risk?
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:40 PM   #8
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I had that same sneaky suspicion about a gun I recieved for christmas one year, I jsut asked a cop buddy and he ran the numbers for me. just ask the guy if it's alright if you get the serial number so you can have the PD check it, if he refuses it might not be a good idea to proceed with the purchase, if he says yes...it's still a good idea to have them check it. if it's at a pawn shop he is required to run checks on any gun he sells/buys so it's already been done
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:48 PM   #9
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Why worry? You didn't KNOW it was stolen when you took possession of it. All you legally need to do is verify, to the best of your ability, that the seller resides in the same state you do.
I would think that if it is identified to be a stolen firearm after you made the purchase you would have to (in good judgement or forced to) turn it in and you would be out the money you paid for it and the weapon. Plus you might be in a postition of hoping that the authorities believe/take you side of the story of how you acquired it...



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Old 08-18-2011, 04:55 PM   #10
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yeah, if you think it's stolen why even go for it? also a bill of sale never hurts, but if you are found in possession of a stolen firearm i don't know what good it would do you.
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