AEA wrote:People (like us) do not carry around stolen guns or anything else and the background check we went through confirms this.
Yes, but it's possible.
One of my Glocks came from my sister. She got it from her ex during the divorce. During the divorce, he had decided to play dumb about assets, hoping to hide everything he could. (The judge actually greeted my ex-brother-in-law in court one day with "Good morning, Mr. I-Can't-Remember-My-Own-Name.") He flat-out refused to provide an inventory of his guns to the divorce court so in the final ruling the judge issued a blanket award of all of his firearms to my sister.
I feel fairly sure, based on some threats he made, that my ex-brother-in-law falsely reported all his guns as stolen. If I got caught with one of them, I'd eventually beat the rap but, frankly, I'd rather not bother. I know I wouldn't beat the ride.
I like that Glock and occasionally it'll be in my bag on the way to the range. I wouldn't be happy if an abusive and unnecessary search and run of serial numbers bit me on the butt.
Maybe I should just leave the dumb thing in the back of the gun safe till I'm dead and let my heirs deal with it. Since I have no heirs, it wouldn't weigh very heavy on my conscience.