The following is a video transcript.
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having your firearm(s) stolen, it is important to know what you are legally required to do and what options you have. There is no requirement to report a stolen firearm under either federal or Florida law.
However, I strongly advise you to report it to law enforcement immediately upon realizing your firearm has been stolen. This is to protect you from any future implication in any potential crimes and civil liabilities that might arise from the use of your stolen firearm.
In order to properly report the firearms stolen, you will need to provide law enforcement with certain information regarding the stolen firearm. You will need to provide the make and model of the firearm along with the serial number. This is why it is important to maintain all the documentation you received when you purchased the firearm and to keep it in a safe location.
If you have a picture of the firearm, it would be a good idea to give a copy of it to law enforcement. These days, we advise that when you acquire a new firearm, you take a picture of it—including a closeup of the serial number—on your cell phone, that way you will always have the information if you ever need it.
Remember, if you would prefer not to report your firearms stolen, that is perfectly okay. The decision to report or not to report the firearms stolen is entirely yours.
U.S. LawShield members, if you have any questions about what to do if your firearm is stolen or any other firearm-related questions, call U.S. LawShield and asked to speak to your Independent Program Attorney today.