Last year, I met a man who had recently purchased a firearm by private sale. He felt that the transaction was a little strange and wondered if the firearm was stolen or not. I ran the serial number on the Florida Department of Law Enforcements stolen firearm database. To our surprise, the name and phone number for a detective in Miami showed up. We called the detective who told us that the firearm was stolen during a burglary two years prior. Needless to say, my customer was not happy with the fact that he had purchased a stolen firearm.
Here is the best way to make sure this never happens to you.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was a website that allows you to see if a firearm has been reported stolen or not. The site is called FDLE | Stolen Gun Search. Simply enter the serial number for the firearm in question and click submit. If the search results say No Records Found, then this firearm isn’t stolen. However, if the search results list a detective name and contact info, I would walk away from the transaction.
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