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Keep a Personal Firearms Record

April 26, 2011

Keep this list separate from your firearms to assist police in the event your firearms are ever lost or stolen. Each year, thousands of firearms are reported lost or stolen.

The owners’ ability to adequately identify these firearms is central to law enforcement’s ability to investigate these crimes and losses. Insurance claims and reacquisition of recovered firearms will also hinge on the ability to correctly identify these firearms.

By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to prevent thefts and to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

Remember: “A stolen gun threatens everyone.” (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Tracing Center)

A complete description of each firearm is vitally important to law enforcement in the investigation and recovery of your firearms and to your ability to prove ownership.  Immediately report any theft or loss of firearms to your local police. Keep records for: your Firearm to include:

  • Description and Origin;
  • Manufacturer/Importer;
  • Model Serial/Number;
  • Type and Action;
  • Caliber or Gauge;
  • Date Acquired;
  • Cost; and
  • Purchase Location.
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