FFLs have no access to stolen gun records. So no, they cannot check beforehand or after, or ever.Correct.
But typically FFLs can check if the gun is stolen beforehand, and since a 4473 is filled out when you buy from them you should be safe.
It is not illegal to ask, but I seriously doubt my local PD is interested in manning a phone to run SNs. And I as FFL am not interested in calling them either. My answer to anyone concerned about buying a stolen gun is, if you have any reason to think it is stolen, dont buy it.Is it "illegal" for an FFL to call local PDs and inquire whether or not a firearm (based on the serial number) has been stolen? Or does that depend upon the local PD as to whether or not to give out that information?
Or is it "illegal" for the PD to give out that information.