Serial Number in Pictures

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Random question: why do people block out all of or part of serial numbers in pictures they post of a firearm?
 
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Random answer in the form of a question: Do you think there are bad or dishonest people in the world?
 

ZigZagZeke

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OK, I'll play your game. What would these bad people do with a serial number from a firearm that they have no access to, and don't have a location or owner's name for?
 

Ligito

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It could be used by someone to deceive another, using it to make a sale and improve their income.
 
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I could have fun reporting you stole it from me. I even have the serial number.
So any gun you've seen in a gun case you could do the same thing 6 months down the road. or Oh no cop shows up you have all your info and moose goes to jail for filing a false report. What am I missing?

And how in the heck could it deceive someone to make a sale????
 

mattdomes

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I don't black out mine when I sell anymore...

..and if I am going to buy a gun from a non-dealer I always call the S/N in to check if it is stolen.
 
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No, you cannot do a BGC, but you can do a SN check
Yup. They want to legislate UBC when they can't even provide easy, voluntary non-FFL BGCs? Going from Not Possible to Mandatory seems to skip right over the Optional option.

Let's talk about the pros and cons of Optional BGCs for private sales.

"Easy" probably means one website visit, mobile, or fax exchange. Is this ID real and is the person prohibited? Sounds so simple.

If we want an optional system to be used, it needs to be safe and easy. Don't use the system against the voluntary users, and folks will use it.

How about a temporary use of photo of the buyer's photo ID instead of ink fingerprints and signatures in a FFL's 20-year book?

Data privacy frightens me, must confess.
 
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If you, or the shop you bought it from have the records I do not see a problem, except for the person filing a false police report. I think it comes down to an unreasonable fear that some rationalize as reasonable. Different strokes for different folks. If it bothers you, block it. If it does not ... ?
 
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there have been unethical people in the past that have reported a particular gun stolen, that was not theirs, yes, it has happened.
I've heard this before but are there any doumented cases of it? Seems kind of risky since it's a crime to file a false police report just to harass a gun owner.
 

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