This last trip home from Omaha Nebraska I began work on a book that will change the training world. I began writing the book based on the seminar series - Killing Within The Law.
In writing the outline and in discussions with my staff of homicide investigators, we will inevitably have a chapter on weapons and what they may associate you with. I am not a believer that modified weapons will cause you grief like "you-know-who". In fact, we think a good shooting is a good shooting, that modifications to enhance accuracy and efficiency will never be an issue and the homicide investigators we are collaborating with agree.
However, certain weapons may cast you in an unfavorable light during the initial police contact. Political designs might not be wise. An grey area example might be a slide festooned with skulls. Not that big a deal but do the police carry skulled weapons? A more drastic example might be the "You're F*cked" dust cover incident as one poignant example.
How about the unregistered (meaning never been on a 4473 form), no serial number, polymer home made receiver pistols plastered all over social media?
While yes, they may be totally legal, the presumption is that since "normal people" can buy a pistol in most free states and take it home the very same day...and serial numbered receivers are available in the same way for custom pistols, why would someone want an unregistered non-serial numbered weapon?
The police presumption is that only prohibited possessors are likely to use pistols without serial numbers (ie., those who are not allowed to own guns). Yes, you can educate the police, but you may other concerns at that juncture. Do you want to add another?
"This pistol has no serial number, Sarge."
"Well, see if the lab can raise it and charge him for the defaced weapon."
That's the initial reaction and accompanying mindset. Yeah, it'll be overcome when things are examined more closely. But remember what they say about first impressions? Not sure that's the background music you want to carry throughout our dealings.
You can be totally within your rights and still be thought poorly of by those who will be writing the report. And don't think their sentiments will be kept out of the matter. Sovereign Citizen, Threeper, Constitutionalist, etc., may be whatever they are...and you may even agree with much of their sentiment...but is the police opinion of such people something you want to have to surmount when they are investigating the dead guy in your doorway, and deciding whether you will be the suspect or the victim?
First impressions have far more impact on how a shooting/homicide investigation will proceed than your idea of what your rights should be. Is that cool DIY job that took you three hours but saved you $200 really worth it? Not for me. Go ask a Homicide Investigator before you disagree with me based on the fact you bought one.
I could be totally wrong...but I don't think I am.
Let the Suarez hatred begin...