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2 years ago  ::  Jun 16, 2012 - 11:21AM #21
teilhard
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Motor Vehicles have the "VIN" located in several Places ... 


Right now, Firearms have only one Serial Number ...


Whatever ...

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 16, 2012 - 2:34PM #22
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Prior to the laws about background checks there was no registering guns in Texas. 


It takes longer to fill out the application to purchase a gun than for the sales person to put one's name, SS#, etc. into a computer and get the results.  If one is a law abiding citizen (in TX) a gun purchase could take about 15 minutes.  Took me longer to decide what weapon I wanted to purchase than to have the background check done.


In 1977 I inherited two hand guns and not knowing I called the state office to find out about changing the registrations and was told there was no registering guns in Texas. So today when purchasing a gun legally it is not registered with the state, but with the US Federal government. 


The FBI does the background checks, so I guess in reality the FBI keeps the serial number of the guns purchased legally today on file.  The FBI gets your fingerprints as part of a background check, if you apply for a concealed handgun license (CHL), but not when a gun is purchased.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 16, 2012 - 3:00PM #23
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Infamously, Lee Harvey Oswald bought his Rifle by Mail-Order ...


I don't know, but I suspect that NO Firearms are now available by such "Catalog" Sales ...


Jun 16, 2012 -- 2:34PM, Stardove wrote:


Prior to the laws about background checks there was no registering guns in Texas. 


It takes longer to fill out the application to purchase a gun than for the sales person to put one's name, SS#, etc. into a computer and get the results.  If one is a law abiding citizen (in TX) a gun purchase could take about 15 minutes.  Took me longer to decide what weapon I wanted to purchase than to have the background check done.


In 1977 I inherited two hand guns and not knowing I called the state office to find out about changing the registrations and was told there was no registering guns in Texas. So today when purchasing a gun legally it is not registered with the state, but with the US Federal government. 


The FBI does the background checks, so I guess in reality the FBI keeps the serial number of the guns purchased legally today on file.  The FBI gets your fingerprints as part of a background check, if you apply for a concealed handgun license (CHL), but not when a gun is purchased.





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2 years ago  ::  Jun 16, 2012 - 3:08PM #24
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Don't know how catalog sales of firearms would be handled for sure. 


When a firearm is purchase online legally the gun has to be shipped to a registered firearms dealer or a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL).  So a firearm can be purchased without having to go to a gun store or show.  So I would imagine catalog sales would be the same.


A background check would still be done for legal purchase of a firearm either way.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 24, 2012 - 3:00AM #25
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