Do you run the serial number when buying a used gun?

Do you run the serial number when buying a used gun?

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    Do you run the serial number when buying a used gun?

    I had a lawyer suggest that anyone buying a used firearm should run the serial number to make sure the gun had not been reported stolen, etc.

    This seems like a good idea.

    Any reason not to do this?
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    The FDLE has a site for guns and other oft stolen and sold commodities. IMO it's a good idea.

    http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/item/displayGunSearch.a
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    Phoenix PD want the gun in their hands before running the numbers. Used to be able to call it in, but no longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Phoenix PD want the gun in their hands before running the numbers. Used to be able to call it in, but no longer.
    I bet they do.... LMAO.
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    Depends on who is asking that question LOL
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    I don't think its very practical for most people. I've run a few for friends, but unless you know someone that can do it, its just not worth the hassle.
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    I would say, if you have the opportunity to do it, it could certainly save you some grief later on down the road.

    Like someone else already said, some places may not run it for you unless they have it in their hot little hands. That way, if it does come back stolen they will have it in their possession in order to process it. Just walking into your local PD with the serial numbers written on a piece of paper may not get it done for you.
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    I've only bought two used guns ever and both have been from reputable stores in town.

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    One gun I had the numbers run because it was kind of a wacky story and passed through at least 3 people before me. I trusted the guy I was buying it from, but I was not going to trust a friend of a friend. The last 2 I have bought I did not worry about it. I have someone that can do it if I need to though. Even asking the person if you can run the numbers might tell you what you want to know.
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    If there were a practical, anonymous way to do it I certainly would. As it sits right now, I usually won't buy a firearm from someone I don't know personally. I also tend to shy away from acquaintances willing to 'vouch' for someone.

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    Thanks to having to register our handguns the State of NY takes care of this for us.

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    It can save you a hassle! Many years ago I bought a 870 .410 from a buddy of mine. Another buddy of mine just had to have it, so I sold it to him. About that same time he became a Dispatcher for the local Sheriffs Office. He took all of his weapons SN to work to practice running them. Sure enough the 870 was stolen from our home town of 1500 people. So in less than 30 days, the gun was stolen from this guy by his son, sold to a sons friend, then bought and sold by two Correctional Officers and one Sheriffs Dispatcher. It seemed like we were filling out paper work forever!
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    Never have. Maybe I've been lucky but in over 40 years I've never had a problem.

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    Well, I see the value in it although I only buy used from FFL folks whereby the paper trail is intact. If I ever get fortunate enough to run across a masterpiece from a private party, then I’ll weigh my options. So far in my life, I have never been at the right place at the right time on a good gun deal. Apparently, this is just a casual hobby for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    Never have. Maybe I've been lucky but in over 40 years I've never had a problem.
    This is also my own personal experience.
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