Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms
Any person who shall knowingly or intentionally change, alter, remove or obliterate the name of the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number of any firearm commits a Class 2 Felony punishable by 3 to 7 years in the penitentiary and a fine up to $25,000.
A person who possesses any firearm upon which any such importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number has been changed, altered, removed or obliterated commits a Class 3 Felony punishable by 2 to 5 years in the State penitentiary and a fine up to $25,000.
Nothing in this Section shall prevent a person from making repairs, replacement of parts, or other changes to a firearm if those repairs, replacement of parts, or changes cause the removal of the name of the maker, model, or other marks of identification other than the serial number on the firearm’s frame or receiver.
A prosecution for a violation of this may be commenced within 6 years after the commission of the offense.