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    Best way to check if a gun I want to buy is stolen

    Just as the subject states. How do I check to see if a gun is stolen in WA or any other state if you don't have access to law enforcement serches? I've used Hotgunz.com and also relied on a few favors from some LE buddies and have gone into the local sheriff station before and they said they cant run the gun. So just wondering the best way other than not buying from some crackhead in the back lot of walmart at 2am. I always get a bill of sale and driver license and all that but just want to know the best way to cover my ass. Thanks


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    Re: Best way to check if a gun I want to buy is stolen

    If the firearm you bought was reported stolen and it is registered to somebody then the registered owner can claim it (even if you have a bill of sale).
    Buy the BNIB from FFL. It's worth!
    Unless the seller has the proof of the original purchase on his/her name.





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    Re: Best way to check if a gun I want to buy is stolen

    I know I know, just cant help but to take advantage of a good deal. just want to be safe. and if i can save tax and stupid wa fee and a couple bucks just for driving it off the lot. got to be away i can leagly check them?


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    Re: Best way to check if a gun I want to buy is stolen

    Post the serial or at least the model and caliber here and see if anyone knows about it or one like it being stolen. For example, any M77 in .280 rem Id like to know about because mine walked away a few christmas' ago vioz


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    Re: Best way to check if a gun I want to buy is stolen

    I call in the serial numbers myself to my local PD.

    Takes about 1 min and they run a quick search of the serial no/ on the data base / cmptr.

    Call the NON EMERG number ( do not dial 911 and expect good things to happen for you )


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