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    Checking a firearms history

    Is there a website/process that one can go though to verify that a firearm purchased used has a clean record to avoid any surprises while carrying?

    I bought a gun from a buddy who bought it new, and is a CCW holder, so I am not worried about this one but just curious about it for the future :)

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    No website. Take it to an FFL and have them run the serial number or to the police and have them run the serial number. The FFL route would be my preferred route. You could punch in the serial number on a google search. Some folk post info about stolen guns on various forums. No guarantee though.
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    When I'm buying, if I don't know the seller, I'll have them meet me at the police station. I go in first and let them know I'll be bringing in a cased handgun and let them open it. If it comes back hot, it didn't cost me a dime. We used to be able to do it over the phone, but now they want it in hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HITCH KING View Post
    That's for the state of Victoria in Australia. I thought the Aussies' guns were all stolen, by their own government no less?

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    If you have any friends or relatives in law enforcement have them run a check for you.

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    I guess i'm lucky I live in Kentucky. As long as I don't know or "suspect" him to be a felon or the gun stolen, I don't worry about it.

    Just keep in mind that you can still buy a stolen gun from an FFL.
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    I was wondering... Just what system would a dealer check?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crzy4guns View Post
    If you have any friends or relatives in law enforcement have them run a check for you.
    Unauthorized use of department resources can get your friend or relative in a heap of trouble in some jurisdictions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Unauthorized use of department resources can get your friend or relative in a heap of trouble in some jurisdictions!
    I'm pretty sure thats universal, no matter jurisdiction.
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    I was wondering... Just what system would a dealer check?

    We call the local sheriffs office, have them come take serial numbers and run most of the used guns we take in trade. I say most, as some were bought from us to begin with. They sit in a safe until cleared by LE.

    When we buy one, it's license information [ directly from their license ] which gives us DOB, lic #, address, name of the person we are dealing with. It comes back hot, they'll be contacted by locals or the A T F shortly.

    There's no "system" a dealer can just punch numbers into for national hot sheet information to my knowledge. That system would require all records be available to ffl holders by ffl license number.

    If there were such a system, we'd probably be using it every week.

    We recommend customers who want to know if their gun is hot, or not, to contact their local law enforcement.

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    I didnt think there was one...
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    I see a Catch 22 here. Anybody want to ask the nice people in DC to make service? No? Not me, but it would be nice if we could trust our leaders. Anyway, cops running serial numbers is bad juju, but if a supervisor did it at the station, it might be OK, with the understanding that any hits would result in confiscation. When NICS gives a hit, they require a response within so many minutes detaining the circumstances, or they have the option to suspend the department's account, which would definitely NOT make the Chief a happy camper.
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