It is a technical violation of the law. Since other parties are involved and have a vested interest in having it fixed, an attempt to keep the gun will see law enforcement involved. Not a good thing.
yea I kind of agree on this.
the real guy in the bind is the manufacture however!
it isn't a simple thing that this happened, a lot of bad things could go wrong down stream (like someone being shot with the weapon, the weapon being recovered at a crime scene) and not reliable info from the manufacture to law enforcement.
by not getting the issue resolved (by the manufacture).