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What if I put tape over my guns serial number?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by talon, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. talon

    talon

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    What if I put tape over my guns serial number? (I've lost track of those threads)

    Perhaps the question is what constitutes a search. Requiring me to remove my watch(gun) so that the serial number can be checked is a search in my mind. OTOH searching cell phones is fair game now I understand.(for now)


     
  2. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

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    I moved this topic to its own thread...

    Later in this thread Rick68FL posts asking:
    Note in the OP the part in Blue
    The topic is from, I think, maybe late 2009, probably early 2010.
     
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  3. wprebeck

    wprebeck Got quacks?

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    Can you provide a cite to the decision allowing warrantless searches of cell phones? Because everything I've ever read on the subject requires a warrant.
     
  4. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

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    Wouldn't the act of intentionally concealing a serial number on a firearm create reasonable suspicion? I'm not a LEO, but I would think it was reasonable for a LEO to investigate that further.
     
  5. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Yup, many places have laws dealing with altering or hiding the serial number on a firearm.
     
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    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Any L/E officer see's a weapon with a covered serial number, will quickly think it is stolen.

    Why cover it?

    :dunno:
     
  7. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

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    Sounds stooooopid to me.
     
  8. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    :agree:

    Sounds like just another person trying to push the envelope.
     
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  9. Bullwinkle J Moose

    Bullwinkle J Moose Quick! Duck!

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    What benefit could possibly be derived from doing this?
    Am I missing something?
     
  10. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    sound like the equivalent of OCers that seek encounters with the police so they can video tape it. Sound like someone is pushing the envelope with LE to see what will happen.
     
  11. DaneA

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    Don't buy stolen guns and you won't have to worry about covering the serial number.
     
  12. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Surely you are aware that this is not the motive behind the topic.
     
  13. xmanhockey7

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    Probably depend on what your states laws are. I know in Cali some OCers would put tape over their serial numbers so the police couldn't get the numbers off it (basically cops could only look at what was in plain sight). I know of people who review guns who cover up the serial number with tape so others can't see it.
     
  14. kensteele

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    Keep in mind your firearm in the holster has the serial number covered. last time I was disarmed, the officer removed both my holster and firearm together. Pretty sure he couldn't claim I was covering the serial number when all he has to do is remove the firearm from the holster.

    A piece of tape over the serial number that can be easily removed is not an attempt to alter the serial number or unlawfully cover it up. IANAL, but even I would know how to explain what happened should I wind up in court over such a bogus charge. However, I don't use tape and I don't mess with my s/n. I don't understand how putting tape over it constitutes a search but an officer reading it (in plain view?) without your permission doesn't constitute a search (except if allowed by state law).

    IMO, if you don't commit a crime and your firearm is not stolen and your s/n is not defaced, I haven't read each and every state law but my guess is....you're fine. consult a lawyer first before you decide to do this. you should understand there are a whole bunch of gotchas designed solely to make the permit holder into an instant criminal and hardly any of those gotchas involve any sort of violent crime so ymmv.
     
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    I carry concealed and nothing shows. Maybe tape would be good for some pictures if you are worried about it. Otherwise, covering the number has no purpose unless there is some new high resolution can catching you commit a crime with a gun you legally bought.
     
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    Yes... I am aware

    It amazes me sometimes how innocent people can try their best to look guilty though.
     
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    Seriously? Do people lie awake at night thinking of dumb topics to post about?
     
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    :rofl:

    Sometimes that is too true.
     
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    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Do a search on GT member Alfred10.

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