I've been looking for a nice wheelgun and finally found a nice pre-lock 586 on GunBroker where the bidding didn't get run up too far. The seller was a pawn shop, though with a sizable amount of A+ feedback on the site.
Last week the gun got to my local FFL for transfer, whereupon I had to fill out the MD state paperwork and begin the waiting period. Well, what do you know, MD State Police disapproved the transfer because that serial number has been reported as stolen.
Anyone else had this happen? For now, it seems like I just have to wait for the cops/ATF to contact the pawn shop and trace the guy who sold it to them and then see what happens.
I'll call the pawn shop after ATF talks to them. Hopefully they won't make it too big a hassle to get my money back, but I won't hold my breath. I suppose there is a remote chance that the gun may not be stolen (wrong s/n entered into a database somewhere), but I certainly won't put too much stock into that possibility...