No Serial Number Hand Gun

No Serial Number Hand Gun

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    No Serial Number Hand Gun

    Hello, New to the board. A lot of good information here.

    Saw some threads about hand guns with no serial numbers that prompted me to seek some advice.

    A no serial number hand gun was given to me and DW for defensive purposes by a family friend/police officer roughly 20 years ago.

    1. Can I legally own it? I think not.
    2. If illegal, will I be able to use it at a gun range or gun safety course?
    3. If illegal, is there a solution?

    thanks in advance

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    Not sure about the legal issues here but welcome aboard and I hope someone can at least point you in the right direction.
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    Depends on the age of the gun. If it was manufactured (or imported) before 1968, it could be perfectly legal. What kind of gun is it?

    Edited to add: Applicable Federal law is found in the Gun Control Act of 1968. Simmer down, people. It's only a crime if the serial number has been removed or obliterated.
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    If it was manufactured with no serial number, it's one thing. If the serial number has been ground off or obscured I would turn it in to the police. It could be stolen or could have been used in a crime. Either way, if you get caught with it you'll wish you hadn't ever had it.

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    Illegal unless it is a very old antique, period. In fact, I believe possessing it is a serious felony. There is a way to get it serialized via the BATFE, but it's probably not worth the time or the money unless it was manufactured with no serial number and is, indeed, an expensive antique.

    I'd call an attorney, but my guess is that he'd advise you to turn it in to your local police department, or make it permanently inoperable with a metal chop-saw.

    I would feel like I was carrying around a live bomb.

    On a side note, this is a discussion of a crime and will probably go bye-bye.
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    If you do find out that it is illegal for you to posses, take advantage of a trade in and get some cash for turning it in.
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    Was the serial number defaced or did it never have one?
    Before 1968 serial numbers weren't required.
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    Like Jaeger said, I'd feel....nearly in a panic with something like that. And I wouldn't seek advice in the public domain. Think canoe, deep lake, midnight, gone.
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    If it isn't a genuine antique and was manufactured without a serial number then it is most likely a cheap, import, knockoff that is probably worth VERY little, and certainly not the trouble when you can buy a perfectly serviceable, legal sidearm for under $500.
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    S&W 38/357

    the serial number was not removed. he some how had access to getting it w/o the serial number.

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    Being a S&W wheel gun did you look under the crane to see if you just missed it.
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    Wow, that's over my head. Welcome to DC.
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    possible, I'll have to check again tonight.


    Edit: at this point I'm hoping I did.

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    Colt began serializing their firearms almost as a marketing gimmick. To my knowledge S&W did not produce any firearms (at least for sale to the public) without a serial number. There could certainly be an exception to that, but Colt's little marketing gambit worked so well every other firearms Mfg. followed suit with ZERO government intervention.

    What kc5cychris said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whwhwh View Post
    S&W 38/357

    the serial number was not removed. he some how had access to getting it w/o the serial number.
    That is certainly one explanation. Hopefully, there are others.
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