So somewhere in the past three weeks my Benelli M2 was stolen from my house. I can think of a few people who could have taken it and have reported it to the police. My question is what if the person who stole it has already sold it? I know stores run the numbers after they buy them to check if it is stolen, but at that time it hadn't even been reported yet. Do stores enter the numbers into some kind of inventory database available to the police? Also, I've never sold a gun at a store but I assume they take down the sellers information and what have you correct? I know it is a long shot to recover the gun but I am just wondering what steps there are along the way of the investigation.