While there have been attempts at creating private searchable internet databases where individuals self-report their lost or stolen guns, these usually contain only a fraction of the number of actual stolen guns, and the information is not verifiable.
Some states are exploring or attempting to build a state database of lost or stolen firearms that is searchable by the public, online. For example, the Florida Crime Information Center maintains a website where an individual can search by serial number for many stolen or lost items, including cars, boats, personal property, and of course, firearms.
Having the local police check the federal database continues to be the most accurate way to look up gun history by serial number to ascertain whether or not a used firearm is lost or stolen. However, many police departments do not offer this service. And be forewarned: if the gun does come back as lost or stolen, the person who brought it to the police will not be getting it back. The true owner always has the right to have his or her stolen gun returned.
ATF provides serialization and other firearms identification forensics expertise to assist in the positive identification of firearms when serial numbers have been partially obliterated or have been partially restored.
The Obliterated Serial Number Program allows law enforcement agencies to identify recovered firearms whose origins have been masked by serial number destruction or alteration. ATF uses the information to identify firearms trafficking patterns and related crimes.
NTC oversees the NTC Connect Program (formally referred to as Access 2000 or A2K), which stores firearm descriptive and disposition data. This free service is available to manufacturers, importers and wholesalers who maintain electronic Acquisition and Disposition (A&D) records.
NTC Connect provides a secure web-based application through which authorized NTC personnel can send a query by serial number only against an FFL's electronic firearm disposition records and retrieve the corresponding disposition data (if applicable). The data remains the property of the FFL and is not housed at ATF.
Say there's a murder. Blood everywhere, a dead guy on the floor. The cops come in with their yellow tape, chalk line, the little booties, cameras, swabs, the fingerprint dust. One of them finds a gun on the floor. The gun! He lifts it with his pinkie, examines it, takes note of the serial number. Back at the station, they run a trace on the gun. A name pops up. It's the wife! Or: It's the business partner! It's somebody's gun, and this is so exciting because now they know who did it.
The cops run a trace on a gun? What does that even mean? A name pops up? From where? There's some master list somewhere? Like, for all the guns all over the world, there's a master list that started with the No. 1 (when? World War I? Civil War? Russian Revolution? when?), and in the year 2016 we are now up to No. 14 gazillion whatever, and every single one of those serial numbers has a gun owner's name attached to it on some giant list somewhere (where?), which, thank God, a big computer is keeping track of?
We have more gun retailers in America than we do supermarkets, more than 55,000 of them. We're talking nearly four times the number of McDonald's. Nobody knows how many guns that equals, but in 2013, U.S. gun manufacturers rolled out 10,844,792 guns, and we imported an additional 5,539,539. The numbers were equally astounding the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that.
Gun importers are licensed by the ATF, and they have to keep records of acquisitions and sales. So the importer has to go through all his gun records and find that particular Taurus PT 92 with that particular serial number, find what batch it was in, and tell you what wholesaler it went to.
It doesn't matter if I follow; he's so happy about all this I want to clap. For five years Charlie took it upon himself to create a new workflow system for the tracing center, breaking down each step in the tracing process into equations, doing time-motion studies for actions as minute as how long on average it takes the ladies to go from their desks to the roll room. Every step was analyzed and rethought, the numbers crunched.
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defendant as the front-seat passenger in a car they had followed in August, 1996. After a high speed chase, the front-seat passenger bolted from the car and threw a gun, subsequently retrieved by police, into some bushes. Although the police tried to follow the passenger, he disappeared after leaping over one fence and climbing another. Subsequently apprehended, the defendant was charged with possession of a firearm without a license and receiving a firearm with knowledge that the serial number had been removed. [Note 1] His main defense at trial was misidentification, a contention buttressed by a claim of alibi, testified to by his mother, and by his alleged inability, because of an automobile accident in October, 1995, to navigate the fences in question.
The defendant makes no claim with respect to the denial of his motion by the regional administrative judge, and the record does not disclose what arguments were made to that judge. We need not consider whether the trial judge was constrained by the decision of the regional administrative judge because, in any event, we view the judge's comment concerning the length of time that counsel had represented the defendant as indicating that if he had been free to act, he would have denied the renewed motion. Treating the decision of the trial judge as a
Secondly, although Jose\u2019s research is very thorough, there are limits. His work highlights the difficulty in arriving at definitive, inarguable conclusions when combing through the murky world of vintage watches. Some of his posts are pretty conclusive, but where they concern possible fakes or franken-watches, often you\u2019re left with a lot of strong evidence and persuasive argument, but no smoking gun. Take this post from 2021, which rigorously combs through Patek Philippe serial numbers, makes a very convincing point about the state of the dial, but for its coup de grace (the weirdness concerning the extract from the archives), relies on the rumour that decades ago, individuals at Patek Philippe were bribed to falsify the paperwork. Very few editors will indulge a 3000-word story that doesn\u2019t quite have a rock-solid argument at its core and, to boot, may well get you a letter from some of Geneva\u2019s best-paid lawyers.
Wristcheck x Audemars Piguet Winners Announcement, at YouTubeA little while back, Wristcheck launched a design competition in conjunction with none other than Audemars Piguet, to let three lucky winners design a Royal Oak that, if the brand fancied it, would actually get made. It turned out they couldn\u2019t keep it to three, and the five winners were announced this week. There\u2019s some fun stuff in there, for sure, and I think we could stand to see a bit more of this kind of freewheeling generally. But at the very least, the winner should get their own watch given to them when it\u2019s made; this is a whole lot of free creativity that AP just harvested (not to mention market research) and it\u2019ll sell the resulting pieces for substantial sums. A trip to Le Brassus and a handshake with F-HB doesn\u2019t quite cut it. 2b1af7f3a8