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    Serial Number Check

    Not sure if this is the right forum, but if I want to buy a used gun is there a way I can check the serial number to make sure that it is not stolen, or has been used in a crime?

    Some retailers sell used firearms and probably do their own checking. I don't know about FFL dealers and for sure am suspicious of purchasing from an individual.

    I can check the VIN on a car I want to purchase, is there an analogous tool for firearms??

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    Call the sheriff or local police station and ask if you can swing by some time to do a serial number check.

    Should be no problem, but they will most likely make you bring the weapon so if it does come up stolen they can take possession of it.
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    I don't know about these days, but you used to be able to call your local sheriff and ask him to run a serial number for you before you bought a gun. Worth a try maybe.

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    Ours require it to be brought in, that way they have it in hand. If I'm buying from an individual (nothing required in AZ) that I'm not sure of, I'll have them meet me at the PD station. That way I lose no money.
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    I have called the PD in the past...and it normally ends up with an officer coming out to where I am or them asking me to come in. Either way, they want the firearm in hand when they run a check on it. It usually isn't a problem though. I like the whole idea of meeting up at the PD.
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    It sounds like the seller will have to agree to come to the station with you.
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    Ours require it to be brought in, that way they have it in hand. If I'm buying from an individual (nothing required in AZ) that I'm not sure of, I'll have them meet me at the PD station. That way I lose no money.
    And, if the seller is a no show, the question is answered.....except for the questions about the seller the cops are going to ask you.

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