Would you purchase a gun with known bad history?

Would you purchase a gun with known bad history?

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    Would you purchase a gun with known bad history?

    This is born direct from gun shop conversation; would you purchase a gun (legally of course) if you knew it had a bad history, like it was used in a murder or suicide? If so, would you consider that fact when negotiating price?

    I start and say no, I wouldn't. Having a gun that killed bad guys doesn't bother me at all though.
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    Depends. Might be pretty cool to own a piece of history that was used to kill Kennedy, MLK, etc...
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    Heck ya I would! I collect firearms. It would cool (not that someone was killed) to have something like that as a talking piece. I told my wife I wish we could find a house to buy where there was a terrible murder in one of the rooms. I would make it the guest room and have memorabilia of the murder. Have a book with crime scene photos on the dresser, binder with the police reports and whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    Heck ya I would! I collect firearms. It would cool (not that someone was killed) to have something like that as a talking piece. I told my wife I wish we could find a house to buy where there was a terrible murder in one of the rooms. I would make it the guest room and have memorabilia of the murder. Have a book with crime scene photos on the dresser, binder with the police reports and whatever.
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    No. Which brings up a related point, and Id like everyones input...

    There is an upcoming law enforcement & drug task force gun auction. A pretty big one, for a rural area.

    Would you hesitate to buy those guns? I know enough to know that none of them were from a murder scene. They would be in evidence, if so.

    However, if they were all from criminals, it seems not unreasonable to suspect that they might have been used in prior crimes that those criminals were never charged for.
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    i don't equate the tool used in a crime with the person who committed the crime. if i were interested in the gun itself, and the price was right - sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    No. Which brings up a related point, and Id like everyones input...

    There is an upcoming law enforcement & drug task force gun auction. A pretty big one, for a rural area.

    Would you hesitate to buy those guns? I know enough to know that none of them were from a murder scene. They would be in evidence, if so.

    However, if they were all from criminals, it seems not unreasonable to suspect that they might have been used in prior crimes that those criminals were never charged for.
    That wouldn't bother me- but most of those guns will
    Be junk- either they started life as junk, or they've been abused to the point of being junk. I wouldn't waste my time going to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    This is born direct from gun shop conversation; would you purchase a gun (legally of course) if you knew it had a bad history, like it was used in a murder or suicide? If so, would you consider that fact when negotiating price?

    I start and say no, I wouldn't. Having a gun that killed bad guys doesn't bother me at all though.
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    I would go for something from Bonnie & Clyde or similar but not one from just a regular murder/suicide. So for me I would say yes if it were a real collector piece but not otherwise.
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    I probably wouldn't... Unless it were used in a famous, or infamous crime...

    And then it would never be used, of course.

    But to buy firearms used in generic crimes by generic criminals... With the intent to actually use those firearms; say to carry, or use as a HD gun... If you ever did have to use such a weapon in self defense, and for some reason it matched ballistics with a projectile used in an unsolved nearby crime...

    Could be interesting, I suppose.

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    If it is a gun I want and it's in good shape, priced appropriately, I frankly wouldn't care how the gun was used. I would probably buy it. Guns don't make decisions, people do.
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    Nope, I don't want the ghost of whoever the gun kilt haunting me.




    Seriously though, I honestly don't think I would.
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    Yes, I would buy it, and I would use the history as a haggling point to buy it cheaper, since it might be hard for the seller to find another buyer who is willing to purchase an item with such a history. He's got an opportunity to finally get it off his hands and he shouldn't waste it.

    While I do believe objects can be rather forbidding because of their history, I believe the history can be overcome, like having it make things right, even though it wasn't its fault. A gun used in a murder, for instance, can be "cleansed" by using it for self-defense. Sounds weird, but I don't know how else to word it at this hour on my iPhone.

    Reminds me of my paternal grandpa's teeth. When grandpa died, grandma did the weird thing of having all his gold teeth turned into a nugget pendant. Some called it morbid, especially since it was a rough nugget pendant and you could still see one of the teeth in it. Grandma wore it all the time until she died. When everything was parted out in the will, nobody wanted that pendant except for my mom. She wears it.

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    It depends entirely on the "bad history" Are we talking about a previously stolen gun? A murder weapon? A pistol with an SD notch? A police gun? A dirty cop's gun?

    Its all about the details and I want nothing to do with a gun that will bring trouble on me or mine.
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