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#5233051 - 05/12/11 06:19 PM So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now?
10ring1 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 11/15/08
Posts: 975
Loc: Pa, USA
Hi, I recently purchased a gun from a man who appearantly didn't know it was stolen. He supposedly bought it from a pawn shop, advertised it online and sold it to ME (of course). I have about 500 in the gun. It was transferred through my FFL when he shipped it to me. He emails me and tells me a government agent will contact me in regards to recovery.
Many questions:
1. Am I in trouble?
2. How can I get my money back if the seller doesn't cooperate?
3. What happens next?

Thanks everyone for your advice.
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#5233061 - 05/12/11 06:24 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: 10ring1]
nsaqam Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 05/01/08
Posts: 16540
Loc: Hermantown MN
Ouch!

That really sucks.

I'm interested to hear what folks say about this.

IIRC if you bought it in good faith I do not believe you will be held criminally liable.

Your money? Who knows.
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I'm not one of the Chosin Few but no more remarkable group of Americans ever existed.

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#5233066 - 05/12/11 06:26 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: nsaqam]
GTP350 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 02/24/10
Posts: 1071
Loc: New England
Get with your local PD and have them get involved to work to start a pay back process.

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#5233067 - 05/12/11 06:26 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: 10ring1]
crow_sniper Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 1118
Loc: KY.
I wouldnt worry too bad,sounds like all you did was receive stolen property. Most likely the guy you bought it from will refund your money.

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#5233069 - 05/12/11 06:27 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: 10ring1]
mudder700 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 2497
Loc: Upstate,NY)
You won't get in trouble UNLESS you knew it was stolen,small claims court if the seller doesn't cooperate and lastly, I would make sure it was a goverment agent you are sending too, not just a scammer...

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#5233074 - 05/12/11 06:28 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: 10ring1]
bubbadad Offline
Member

Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 117
Loc: southern, in
i had this happen to me locally. i bought a pistol from an guy i know.turns out he stole it from his father.police came and took the pistoland gave me information on how to get my money back. and no ,if you did not know it was stolen.chris

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#5233078 - 05/12/11 06:29 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: mudder700]
theduke308 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 12/31/10
Posts: 1368
Loc: Between Here and There
File off the serial number and place in your gun safe and play dumb laugh


Edited by theduke308 (05/12/11 06:29 PM)

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#5233083 - 05/12/11 06:31 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: 10ring1]
Waders Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 10/25/00
Posts: 7378
Originally Posted By: 10ring1
Hi, I recently purchased a gun from a man who appearantly didn't know it was stolen. He supposedly bought it from a pawn shop, advertised it online and sold it to ME (of course). I have about 500 in the gun. It was transferred through my FFL when he shipped it to me. He emails me and tells me a government agent will contact me in regards to recovery.
Many questions:
1. Am I in trouble?
2. How can I get my money back if the seller doesn't cooperate?
3. What happens next?

Thanks everyone for your advice.


DO NOT call the police until you first talk to an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction!! You need to know what your risks are, along with your obligations!

If you call the PD, you may be placing yourself at their mercy--and what if they have none?

Call the attorney and get advice as to how to best do the right thing.
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Wade

"Let's Roll!" - Todd Beamer 9/11/01.

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#5233094 - 05/12/11 06:35 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: Waders]
Hairtrigger Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 09/22/03
Posts: 1029
Loc: Shoreline of Erie before the G...
Lose the gun!!
$500 will be less than your attorney fees
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#5233111 - 05/12/11 06:39 PM Re: So I unknowingly buy this stolen gun...what now? [Re: Hairtrigger]
crow_sniper Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 1118
Loc: KY.
Originally Posted By: Hairtrigger
Lose the gun!!
$500 will be less than your attorney fees
Yep-if you have to pay a lawyer you will lose BIG TIME!!

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