Scratching Gun Serial Number

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  1. Sklee

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    Fictional case study for my law class. I like this debate. In summary:

    "A person has a handgun and removes the serial number. Is this unlawful? If so, how, and what can this person legally do?"

    thanks.
     
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  2. Swiper

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    Isn't that a felony under Gun Control Act of 1968?
     

  3. Davegrave

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    Tagged, just to see what comes of this.
     
  4. Sklee

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    Not sure if this is the right area to post took, didn't find any sections about "laws"
     
  5. Y-NotG23

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    Same here.
    Please pass the popcorn. :cool:
     
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    If you have to ask...... Ofcourse it's illegal.:steamed:
     
  7. Davegrave

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    This area is as good as any for this question. This place is loaded with people who know A LOT of stuff about guns. It won't be long at all before someone gives you a definitive informed answer.

    In that time 10 people will make a joke at your expense...but in the end you'll get answered. :supergrin:
     
  8. Swiper

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    TITLE 18 US Code
    § 922. Unlawful acts

    (k) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport, ship, or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce, any firearm which has had the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, or altered or to possess or receive any firearm which has had the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, or altered and has, at any time, been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce


    TITLE 18 US Code
    § 924. Penalties

    (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, subsection (b), (c), (f), or (p) of this section, or in section 929, whoever—
    (B) knowingly violates subsection (a)(4), (f), (k), or (q) of section 922;

    shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
     
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  9. spartan985

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    Im stationed here in AZ thats = no bueno on the scratched serial # legally its suppose to be turned over to law enforcement or destroyed
     
  11. Davegrave

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    Any info on how he should handle it? Does he have to surender it? can he do anything to legaly keep it?
     
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    Is it possible that the serial number is duplicated somewhere else on the firearm? Under the grips, on the barrel, inside the slide etc. etc..
     
  13. DEADLYACCURATE

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    I will as well
     
  14. Sklee

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    This is different than posses? The law says transport, ship, or receive.
     
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  15. mnglocker

    mnglocker Rope Czar

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    This ^^^^ Take the number and bust out the dremel and re-engrave it on the frame.
     
  16. Scared_of_zombies

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    12345
     
  17. Swiper

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    Look again, it also says '... or to possess or receive any firearm ...'
     
  18. pac201

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    receive means to have it in your possession...
     
  19. EKUJustice

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    What kind of a gun is it?
     
  20. SIGShooter

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    Just the mere fact that you received it from your father is a crime.

    Personally, I would not have posted this on the internet.