Pennsylvania imposes harsh punishment upon those who possess guns when the serial number on the firearm has been removed or destroyed. Law enforcement wants to trace firearms that are used in crimes, and when the serial number has been obliterated or destroyed, they will assume that you intended to use the gun for a criminal purpose.

Even a first-time offender is facing a convicted felon status along with a lengthy state prison sentence. If you are being charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, call the Zuckerman Law Firm LLC today for a free consultation. We will fight with the goal of earning the possible resolution of your case.


According to Pennsylvania Statutes Title 18, Chapter 61, § 6117, it is illegal to change, alter, or remove the identification numbers on a firearm. The penalty for violating this section is a felony of the second degree, which could lead to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $25,000.

Pennsylvania Statutes Title 18, Chapter 61, § 6110.2 prohibits the possession of a firearm with altered or removed identification numbers. This is also a second-degree felony involving a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a possible fine of $25,000.

Antique firearms are exempted from this prohibition because many antique firearms have been repaired in a way that obscures their serial number. Some antiques may not have serial numbers at all. Pennsylvania Statutes Title 18, Chapter 61, § 6118 defines an antique firearm as any gun that:

  • Operates by matchlock, flintlock or cap percussion
  • Was manufactured on or before 1898
  • Is a replica of an antique that doesn’t use center fire or rim fire ammunition
  • Is a replica of an antique that uses center fire or rim fire ammunition that is no longer manufactured or not readily available in the channels of commercial trade


As soon as you learn of the charges against you, you should contact an experienced criminal lawyer. The sooner he or she can begin work on your case, the better your chances at trial.

Your Pittsburgh weapons lawyer may be able to apply several defenses to your case, such as:

  • Showing that law enforcement obtained your firearm through an illegal or warrantless search
  • Using the rules of evidence and criminal procedure to block the prosecution’s use of certain evidence against you
  • Demonstrating that there is a reasonable doubt as to whether you possessed the firearm or altered its numbers
  • Claiming that your arrest, detention, and interrogation by law enforcement violated your constitutional rights
  • Obtaining a light sentence if you are proven guilty, but mitigating factors apply to your case

If you’ve been charged with possessing a firearm with altered serial numbers, a Pittsburgh weapons lawyer from Worgul law Firm LLC can help. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation of your case at (412) 219-6819.