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    Baby browning serial defaced

    The family had a relative that past away he had a couple guns. When I went through them I found a baby browning, unfortunately the serial was defaced pretty good on the frame. This is the Nickle plated with the pearl grips and gold plated trigger. Upon breaking it down I found the serial on the slide(missing the leading digit 1) and the barrel(full serial). What to do what to do... I know the ramifications of possessing the frame as is. I have a friend that is a
    State trooper who will take possession if needed. With the barrel and slide being stamped not sure about those parts.

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    There is a way to get the serial number "put back." Gunsmiths and engravers do it all the time.
    The simplest thing to do, since the serial number does exist on the gun, is to have a gunsmith re-stamp it on the frame.

    I strongly suggest that you contact the nearest office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Write a letter detailing the entire story, including where you got the pistol, and ask for guidance. Explain that you are already in contact with the State Police about the matter. BATFE will be very helpful.
    Meanwhile, ask your State Police contact to check whether the gun was stolen or crime-related. If it is stolen or otherwise related to a crime, be prepared to lose it without regrets.

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    I had just the frame added to my pistol permit. It is a 1946 beretta 25. I disassembled it, brought it down to the property clerks office. they wrote me up a piece of paper.I then went to the town clerk and added the pistol to my license.
    if the barrel has the full serial, you might be able to register the number and then like SteveM1911A1 above mentions,, have it fixed.
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    A lot of times they just want registration of an unregistered gun or gun part. Just a thought. Do you have a property clerks office?
    IF you know the gun is not stolen piece of cake.
    BUT then again , do not ANNOY the property clerk .SERIOUSLY,, They are easily ANNOYED.

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    Shooter, for God's sake don't go to law enforcement and ask what to do about a defaced serial number. Do research about recovery of defaced stamped numbers. If you can determine the correct number it can be legally re-stamped in the receiver. If you tell LE you have a defaced serial number they may be forced to confiscate your pistol. On the other hand, why did the original owner deface the serial number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    I had just the frame added to my pistol permit. It is a 1946 beretta 25. I disassembled it, brought it down to the property clerks office. they wrote me up a piece of paper.I then went to the town clerk and added the pistol to my license.
    if the barrel has the full serial, you might be able to register the number and then like SteveM1911A1 above mentions,, have it fixed.
    .
    A lot of times they just want registration of an unregistered gun or gun part. Just a thought. Do you have a property clerks office?
    IF you know the gun is not stolen piece of cake.
    BUT then again , do not ANNOY the property clerk .SERIOUSLY,, They are easily ANNOYED.
    REGISTER YOUR GUN???????????????????

    What kind of communist country do you live in?

    Oh, I see, you live in NY.

    To the OP, I encourage you to go with Steve's suggestion. If properly approached, BATFE can be very helpful; as long as you are dealing local and not with Washington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    REGISTER YOUR GUN???????????????????

    What kind of communist country do you live in?

    Oh, I see, you live in NY.

    To the OP, I encourage you to go with Steve's suggestion. If properly approached, BATFE can be very helpful; as long as you are dealing local and not with Washington.
    I did register the gun, it was an old non functioning gun. But felt the need to register the gun as mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    I did register the gun, it was an old non functioning gun. But felt the need to register the gun as mentioned.
    Sorry, I have lived in AL, MO, IN, & GA, and I have never heard of having to register any of my guns. Your post took me by surprise.

    I almost moved to NJ, from what I have read, I am very glad I declined that opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    Sorry, I have lived in AL, MO, IN, & GA, and I have never heard of having to register any of my guns. Your post took me by surprise.

    I almost moved to NJ, from what I have read, I am very glad I declined that opportunity.
    Here in NYS , all handguns are required to be added to your carry permit.

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