I went to the news the link from Miguel’s post Moms Demand (Fl Chapter) makes it too easy. Girl Finds Gun. In the comments of the news article I saw this.
To quote The Toolman: “Reply to @Carole Green Most likely not stolen due to the fact it still has the serial number on the side of the slide.”
I do work in firearm forensics. We provide resources to law enforcement when they need our expertise. The idea that criminals routinely file off serial numbers is some TV CSI bullshit.
Here’s why. Destroying a serial number is UBER VERBOTEN. Criminals are not all dumb. Getting caught with an illegal gun may net you a year in prison if you can’t get a plead to something lower. Getting caught with a firearm with a destroyed serial number is a one way ticket to a Federal prison. It seriously ups the ante.
It is so uber verboten that a licensed manufacturer can’t destroy the serial number of a gun it made without a massive load of paperwork.
In the risk vs. reward of being nabbed with a stolen gun vs. a gun with a destroyed serial number, get nabbed with the stolen gun and be prepared to roll over on the guy that sold you the hot piece.
Stop taking your gun knowledge from TV. It’s not good for your arguments.