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How can you find out if a gun is stolen?

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2011-02-27 17:59:14
2011-02-27 17:59:14
  • Call your local law enforcement office and ask them to run it through NCIC for you. They will need the serial number, manufacturer, model, and caliber. This is important, since the same number may have been used by different manufacturers. In some cases you will be required to take the gun to the law enforcement office so that they may confiscate the firearm if it is stolen.
  • The state of Florida offers an online database of stolen firearms to the general public but it only contains firearms stolen in the state of Florida. Firearms stolen in other states will not result in a positive match.
  • Another option is user submitted databases. Such databases are not all encompassing as they are not linked with NCIC, but still worth a look.
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Texas does not have gun registration. If you suspect the gun has been stolen, call your local law enforcement agency. They have access to databases of stolen guns and can check this for you and find the rightful owner.

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Check with local law enforcement.

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There are two or three, but, they are only good if the sn is listed.

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Contact your local law enforcement. They can check to see if the serial number has been entered as a stolen item. IF there is a report, the officer will need to retain the gun to return it to the owner. They WILL need to have the gun in hand to do this, not over the phone.

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Contact local law enforcement. Give them the gun, and ask if they will check the NCIC data base (as a private citizen, you do not have access to that system). If the gun IS stolen, it will be confiscated by the police, and you may have to testify in a stolen property trial.

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what gun are we talking about here

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Depending on where you are, a local gun shop may be able to run a stolen gun request for you. You can do that in Tennessee, *IF* your local gun shop is willing to do it. Otherwise, you will probably have to check with the local Police Department.

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I would contact the department of public service (State Troopers) or The Texas Rangers. There are also a few stolen gun posts on some of the bigger gun forums and databases

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Probably not online, but any local police station can run the serial number and tell you. If it did turn up stolen, you wouldn't be in any trouble, but you would lose the gun.

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You can't. The best you can do is check with local law enforcement.

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You can't. Contact the police if you believe it is stolen.

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Contact your local police and ask them to run the serial number.

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I think you will find that the police will confiscate the gun and ask you WHO sold it to you///

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ONLY ATF has that answer. If you have a good buddy who is a cop, he can look up if it's Stolen or not. That's about it.

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If it has a serial number, ask your local police force to check it out. If it doesn't, it would be almost impossible for anyone to prove it was stolen.

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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.

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If you just bought it and ask the police to check it and then it turns out to be stolen, in all likelihood you'd be in no trouble at all; you're just trying to verify the gun is clean. If it does turn out to be stolen, however, the police have to confiscate the gun, so you'd be out whatever you paid for it unless you filed a civil suit against the seller.

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That's sort of a vague question. It depends on where you are. Most U.S. states don't require registration. Who does the gun belong to? Is is stolen? Did you find it?

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Contact your local police department and give them the serial number. The Police can check on the stolen gun list maintained by the BATFE. If the gun is stolen, the Police will conficate the piece and begin investigation of how it was acquired.

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Expect the police to expect YOU to explain how you came to possess a gun that had been stolen- just like any other property.

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Strictly speaking, it's neither, but I know that's not what you meant. Owning or possessing a gun that is actually stolen CAN be a felony, however, it isn't always a crime. If you find out you have a stolen gun, you can, in most cases, turn it in to the local police without being charged with anything.Added: The biggest factor is if you KNOW that it IS stolen, or SUSPECT that it MIGHT be stolen. If you do not eliminate the doubt and confirm its legality you could be charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

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There is no universal system that is open to non-law enforcement personnel to check such matters. A police officer can check, but will need to have the gun to do so.


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