How would a LEO deal with a 80% Glock if it were found without serial numbers while you were carrying it? Is it legal to carry and if so, would your average LEO know that?
I don't have one and I doubt I ever will, but I've read quite a bit about home built rifles because someday I'm going to try that! Anyway, from what I read, it is common to put one's own stamp on the gun, just so if someone comes across it, they think nothing of it because it has a "serial" number. You may not want to mark up your gun, but hey, if you don't mind it, come up with your own numbering scheme and put one on there.How would a LEO deal with a 80% Glock if it were found without serial numbers while you were carrying it? Is it legal to carry and if so, would your average LEO know that?
We have no laws against open carry in PA. unless your in Philadelphia or in a vehicle. Under those circumstances a carry permit is required to carry a loaded weapon, open or concealed. That would be the same permit which is required for concealed carry throughout the state. In most cases when someone was detained for open carry it became a case of "we wanted to make sure the gun wasn't stolen" or "how were we to know you weren't a criminal" and lastly as a catchall, the charge of disturbing the peace because some citizen was alarmed by your open display of a gun. All of these have been fought in court and have been determined not to be valid. In many cases suits were filed and won.^^^^^^^^^
What were the charges or grounds for detainment when cases such as what you describe occur? And, how long have OC laws been on the books/common knowledge? Were the folks you referred to the object of “Swatting”?
In Ga. both OC and CC have been allowed for as long as I recall. With a permit, of course. But our gun laws also protect the citizen in that it is illegal for LEO to ask to see your GWCL nor is it lawful that you, as a citizen, are obligated to show your GWCL with traffic stops; and I suspect the prohibition to show your permit is void if you are being detained for due cause. And, just being able to produce a GWCL upon request still doesn’t mean you didn’t commit a crime.
As far as I know, California is the only state that requires a serial number, even on the home built ones. I know Alabama does not. If I remember, California allowed you to put any serial number you wished on 80% pistols up until Jun of 2018, but I think you have to submit paperwork after that date and they will assign you a serial number.
You are probably going to be better off with something resembling a serial number on your 80% pistol, just because few police know how to deal with a firearm without a serial number. I talked to a local police chief and he said it would not be a problem, as long as any shooting was justified. But we were talking about using such a pistol, not for a pull over, check, or something along that line.
I will also tell you that the Polymer80 frames do not take a stamp on their serial number tag worth a flip, you better plan on laser etching. I have thought about having all of my 80% Glocks etched with the same serial number, just so they would all come back to my original Glock. If they ask, I could tell them I modified it.
BTW, I CC a couple of my 80% Glocks. The old police chief told me the only real issue in a shooting is whether, or not it was justified, not whether the gun was legal, or not.