Mind is working overtime since I've gotten a few fraud alerts on my CCs the past couple weeks. People can be so slimmy. I'm sure guns are not exempt. I did a search here and didn't really come up with anything. My question is, how do you protect yourself from someone reporting a gun stolen that wasn't? Hypothetical scenario. You purchased a firearm from a private individual. You've owned it for 12 years. One day a situation happens and the number is run. It comes up stolen. Let's say the original owner had a break in and mistakenly (or not) reports the serial number of the gun as stolen 10 years ago. (After you bought it and run any checks available, etc). Not sure a receipt from the person you bought it from carries any weight. You are in possession of "stolen" property. Seems the benefit always goes to the reporting person, real or not. Someone could claim a gun stolen and didn't have the serial number, then at a later time "find" the information. I know one reason not to post serial numbers of firearms or pics with full # is because anyone can then report it stolen and, at the least, cause the current owner inconvenience. Not sure how you could straighten this out unless it went through some FFL record at some time. Even then, the "found the SN later" scenario could still bite you.