Discussion in 'Legal' started by Bob Willman, Apr 13, 2022.
You’re splitting hairs, but you’re right.
Did you ever do microfilm based research? Basically, hundreds of pages of documents can be compressed into a reel container that is about 3-4 inches long. They are seen on a viewer which is basically a magnified overhead projector. It is the pre-digital way to compress page documents to a smaller format without 1s and 0s. Yes it is easier to scroll through pages of documents quickly but there is no "ctrl + F" feature.
Yep, been around long enough to have dealt with microfilm.
I’m sure it’s being highlighted because “see….he bought it in one of those easy states….not in New York or PA”.
If you’re a good shot with six, you don’t become a bad shot with 15. That’s the “spray and pray” fallacy. I don’t suddenly suck when I put down my 1911 and pick up my Glock.
Eyewitness says gun held low. Wounds are almost all below the waist (I noticed that in the pictures of the victims from the subway). Aftermarket 33 rnd mags are notorious for causing misfeeds (thank heavens).
If there were "4 owners" then it is possible that the handgun was sold or pawned to FFLs in a couple of those steps and the other individuals might have recorded/remembered who they sold it to. Most people only sell or trade guns to people they know so remembering that "Bob at work" bought the gun or "Aunt Bessie was given" the gun before it went to a shop isn't that far fetched.
It's a pretty darned good system - but the human factor on each side of the equation is, as always... the limiting factor. Remember that only the originating agency is responsible for notifying the victim - and then they're also the outfit that's required to cancel the "stolen" message in the system...
In my era, when I was the guy responsible for holding recovered weapons and actually notifying the victim or reporter of a recovery the system I'm referring to was NCIC... Lord only knows if it still has the same name since I left police work more than 26 years ago now.
And there is no search mode.
When I was younger, my eyes could stand the strain. Now, not so much.
And call in guns they receive in pawn to the PD for NCIC stolen property check.
If you redeem a pawned gun, you have to pass a NICS background check to receive it.
If the glocks frame number is gone but they can still make our the number on the barrel they would run it, just to see where it leads.
But if I ever bought a factory made glock, first thing I would do is toss the factory barrel.
A friend worked at the local pawn and gun. A customer brought in a S&W K38 to pawn. Friend noticed the butt serial number was gone, so he loaned the guy a few bucks on it and called the police and ATF. The guy had shown his current driver's license so he was easy to look up. My friend pointed out all the other places a Smith of that vintage was numbered, the thief had not filed them all and the gun was returned to the owner who had reported it stolen.
That was a long time ago. Nowadays the authorities might not be so accommodating on a gun missing the official serial number even if it were otherwise traceable.
It is illegal to have a firearm with a defaced serial number, so if a stolen gun is recovered with a scratched out number can it still be returned to the owner?
I do not know if they are doing it now.
Even the Army had a list of X numbers for use on guns whose original numbers were obliterated or faint.
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