Many gun owners spend a lot of time polishing their weapons, stocking ammunition – whether for hunting or home protection – and logging target practice hours.
But if their guns were lost or stolen, many of those people would have a hard time getting them back for one minor reason: They have no record of the weapons’ serial numbers.
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said registering a weapon with the county can be a good way to log the gun’s identification for future reference.
“It’s a great way to keep up with the serial number,” Rushing said. “When people get them stolen or lost and don’t have them, we can enter them on (the National Crime Information Center) and everywhere else as stolen. It’s a good proactive way to keep up with your guns.”
I prefer an encrypted file on a CD buried somewhere in Idaho to accomplish the same task. But that’s just me.