Evidence locker question (firearms)

Evidence locker question (firearms)

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    Question Evidence locker question (firearms)

    When Firearms are being put in as evidence, many of the serial numbers surprisingly are intact especially handguns, but what happens to the Serial Numbers status after they are gathered for evidence? Is there any way to re-register them (with a clean record and permit or) by permission of the Cleo, of if you tried would they come back as stolen or destroyed by the batf?

    My other question is when the gun is put in evidence, is the serial reported back to batf as stolen or in a crime, or is it put as destroyed?. I was told in a once guns are put in evidence, f they were stolen, used in a crime & the case has been adjudicated then they may be offered back to the owner or destroyed if they are in proper legal condition, i.e., SN not obliterated or altered, in proper operating condition, etc. Once a dept recovers a stolen firearm the stolen status is removed from the system, thus it is no longer “stolen.” If just found property & never claimed by the owner then they may be utilized by the dept, sold or destroyed, is that true?


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    I suspect it would depend on the department involved.

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    In my experience the PD attempts to contact the owner to return the gun.

    The PD does the transfer paperwork to give the gun over to the owner and sends to paperwork to the Firearms Unit at the Department of Public Safety in Middletown, CT.

    Once they do the paperwork on the transfer back to the owner, problem solved. Gun is back in circulation and it can be transfered or kept anyone wishes.

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