If you are unsure what kind of gun it is, check with a gunsmith or a gun dealer. Do not rely on the police to figure that out; they are law enforcement professionals, not firearms experts.
If the gun has no serial number - due to being produced before this was required - but is unique in some way, police may still have it listed as stolen property, but it's a long shot.
After you report it to the police, you wait and hope.
If you're found to be in possession of a stolen firearm, expect to be taken into custody. If their investigation determines that you were knowingly in possession of a stolen firearm, then you'll be charged.
Only if you go to the pawn shop you suspect it to have been pawned at.
Contact your local police. If it has been reported stolen to the police they can find out.
Was thinking of buying a used firearm to defend my home from invasion. But how do I know if its stolen? Call your local police department and have them check it in NCIC. You may have to bring it in so they can confiscate it if it is stolen.
Sorry- there IS no website where you can positively determine that a firearm is not stolen. Law enforcement uses the NCIC system, but that is NOT available to private persons. Local law enforcement MAY be willing to run the serial number of the gun through NCIC, but will need to have possession of the gun while doing it. In case it IS stolen, they have it.
No standard method- as a private citizen, you cannot access the police computer database of stolen property.
Too many 'unknowns' to answer. What type of firearm is it? What is the value of the firearm? During the commission of what type of crime was it stolen? Is the thief prohibitted from 'possessing' a firearm? Etc? Etc?
You will have to contact the police to see if it has been reported stolen.
yes it is
call local law enforcement
unless you knew it was stolen you are OK. There must be knowledge that you knew it was stolen to procecute you
at an illegal firearms store? No one here is going to tell you how to acquire an illegal firearm. It is illegal to purchase a stolen firearm or for a felon to purchase a firearm.
It's highly unlikely. Most firearms offences are federal felonies - including possession of a stolen firearm - and you're less likely to receive any breaks for that, especially if the firearm was transported across state lines.
No- because that is in a database not open to the public. However, a law enforcement officer CAN access that information. They will want to have the firearm in hand when they do it, in the event it IS stolen, they will return it to the rightful owner.
You can pawn a firearm which you own.. if you pawn a firearm which you do not own, the legitimate owner may report it stolen, and you will be prosecuted.
You will most likely, almost definitely, be arrested.
Have the police run the serial number.
contact your local police department and they will take a report.
Not enough information to answer. If you were CONVICTED of a felony, you are disqualified from possessing a firearm- period. You have not said if you were convicetd, or whether it was a misdemeanor or felony.
With the AR-15 style rifles, the lower IS the receiver, which, by law, IS the firearm. The upper is "parts". Typically the lower is also the most expensive component. If you are concerned that you may have a stolen firearm, contact local law enforcement. Most will check a firearm to see if it is listed on the NCIC system as a stolen weapon, and if so, to contact the owner. If it IS stolen, it is not yours. If you had a gun stolen, YOU would like to have it returned- right?
(in the US) The degree of the crime is determined by the value of the item stolen, and whether or not it crosses the value line into being a felony offense. There is no specific criminal charge for theft of a firearm, unless a felon (or convicted felon) happens to be the one that steals it. Then the penalty is enhanced by the fact that this is a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
When a stolen firearm is entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) it remains on that records until it is recovered, and removed from the database.Added: The above response is correct BUT - it does not answer the original question. A stolen firearm will be entered into NCIC IF the complainant is able to supply the firearm's serial number.