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listing firearms and serial numbers?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TimM, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. TimM

    TimM Well-Known Member

    Why is that when someone list a firearm they only list a partial serial number and XXX? People seem to treat the serial numbers like they are social security numbers. I don't understand; can some explain this to me?
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Just a privacy issue, like blurring out your face, license plate of your car, etc. Quite probably, nothing would ever happen, but why give potential trouble an engraved invitation? ;)
  3. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Well I could take you S/N claim it stolen with my homeowners insurance and get money for a gun I never owned. And now you are stuck with a gun S/N labeled as stolen. Good luck with that.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  4. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    Someone tried to pull that stunt on a gun in a GunBroker ad that had the serial pictured. They knew it was a pawn shop in the local town. They filed a report and the police showed up to the pawn shop. The pawn shop of course had detailed records of the purchase it had made on the gun months ago. It had already gone through the local police department as it was. The police went and arrested the guy trying to pull the stunt.
  5. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Severe paranoia.
  6. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Probably don't believe in Identitiy Theft either huh Jim?
  7. And then you go to jail for insurance fraud. Those big sports stadiums built by insurance companies aren't financed by them paying out claims willy-nilly.
  8. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Of course post # 4 is stating the worst that could happen and those actions are illegal. I was just trying to point out what a bad guy could do with that information.
  9. wrc

    wrc Well-Known Member

    Hey, here's a question.

    Five years from now, what can you do with a firearm serial number?

    I don't know either. All I know is that they are exact enough, hard to guess, and fairly unique.

    I'd rather not have that archived by The Internet.

    In 1952, if you were concerned about who knew your Social Security Number, you'd be called crazy. In 1985, if you were concerned about letting your American Express number get out there, people would chuckle that you were paranoid.

    I'm not interested in being vindicated in 2022.

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