Re: Dealing with Taurus
If my memory serves me correctly, in MI you need a permit just to purchase a handgun (I, too, am from the water/winter wonderland - but long ago).
I agree with RJay - Taurus will not use the same serial number, so a trip to the local PD will likely be necessary. Speak to Taurus and ask for a letter of explanation. If they cooperate, it may speed-up the process and get the old gun out of your name. Perhaps the paperwork included with the new gun will suffice. Ask the cops what they need. With a great deal of luck, they might actually know.
RJay, are you really that old?
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