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HOW TO SELL YOUR GUN ONLINE

Selling a gun privately online often involves researching the buyer or seller, complying with all applicable state laws, documenting the sale and transferring the firearm legally. If the gun is shipped to a person in another state, it also involves finding an individual or a gun shop with a Federal Firearms License, or FFL, to receive it and assist in the transfer.


When you sell your gun privately to another individual online who resides in the same state, there are several important things to consider. Many people do not know where to start. If you are a gun enthusiast, you may already know how but may have concerns about private buyers who are individuals. This blog will help address some of those concerns and show you the easiest and safest way to sell your gun online.

 

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS OF PRIVATE ONLINE GUN SALES

Selling a gun privately online often involves researching the buyer or seller, complying with all applicable state laws, documenting the sale and transferring the firearm legally. If the gun is shipped to a person in another state, it also involves finding an individual or a gun shop with a Federal Firearms License, or FFL, to receive it and assist in the transfer.


When you sell your gun privately to another individual online who resides in the same state, there are several important things to consider. Many people do not know where to start. If you are a gun enthusiast, you may already know how but may have concerns about private buyers who are individuals. This blog will help address some of those concerns and show you the easiest and safest way to sell your gun online.

 

FOR BUYERS

In private sales, buyers may not know if a seller is the legal owner of the firearm, and it is crucial to know if the seller is the legal owner. Also, many private sales have minimal or no records to accompany them. Imagine purchasing a firearm that someone stole. There have been instances of people selling rifles privately without FFL assistance and then reporting them as stolen. If you buy a firearm in such a transaction and later try to sell it legally, you could encounter several problems if it was falsely reported as stolen.

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FOR SELLERS

Private sellers may not know if private buyers are legally allowed to purchase a firearm. For instance, if someone in Nevada wants to sell a firearm online to another resident in the state privately, the seller may not be knowingly breaking a law but may still feel uneasy about the transaction. Additionally, the seller may not know that in Nevada, it is permitted to request a background check on a buyer for a private gun sale from the appropriate state authority.[3] There is also the risk of improperly mailing a rifle.

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STATE LAWS

For anyone who lives in a state with strict gun laws, the thought of selling a firearm privately online can feel especially scary. There are state laws regarding whether or not background checks are allowed or required, and there are additional laws pertaining to private sales or private transfers of firearms. FindLaw has a long list of important laws or codes for each state.[3] It helps to look up and read the entire applicable code separately online if you want to privately sell a gun to another individual.

As stated before, some state laws may contradict the federal law allowing private person-to-person rifle sales between residents of the same state. For example, in Connecticut, long guns can only be transferred to another private individual through a dealer with an FFL.[3] Some states have laws that require background checks. Colorado requires sellers to obtain an NCIS background check before selling a firearm privately. Depending on the state, seller intent and the circumstances of a sale, there could be civil or criminal penalties for private sales that are improperly conducted.

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WHY SELL YOUR GUN ONLINE TO A LICENSED BUSINESS INSTEAD?

When it comes to individuals, you may not know who you are dealing with or all the federal and state legal requirements that apply in your case. Because of the many potential risks of private online sales, it is better to sell to a licensed firearm business. These are some reasons to sell your gun online to us.

WE ARE AN ESTABLISHED BUSINESS WITH A VERIFIABLE FFL AND 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

With our extensive knowledge, you can rest assured that we understand the purchasing process and are familiar with all state laws. Our goal is to make every transaction safe and secure. We value the trust of our customers and the public's perception of us, which is why we are committed to providing the best possible experience for every customer.

YOU ELIMINATE THE LEGAL RISKS OF SELLING TO AN UNKNOWN INDIVIDUAL.

After reading the last section, you now know why selling online to another person can be both risky and confusing. When you sell to us, you eliminate those disadvantages. It is legal for a person to ship a firearm correctly to a licensed FFL in another state.[4] We walk you through each step correctly. After you complete the sale, you have the peace of mind that there is documentation of the transaction, and you are free from any legal liabilities that you might otherwise worry about if you sold the gun to an individual privately.

WE GIVE YOU A FAIR OFFER.

Because we care about our reputation, we take pride in offering competitive prices for firearms. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced, so they give you a fair offer for your gun. Also, we will be happy to explain our valuation or appraisal considerations to you if you need more information.

YOU GET YOUR MONEY QUICKER.

With private sales, it can take time to do research and complete a transaction. This is especially true if you and the buyer both live in states with stricter requirements. You may have to wait for a background check, and if you need to find an FFL to complete a transfer, that can take additional time and money. Our process is streamlined and quick.

OUR PROCESS IS CONVENIENT AND EASY.

We will cover the basics of our process in the next section. Since we handle all the hard work for you, there is no need for you to do extensive research, pay for a background check on a potential buyer or do anything else that you may otherwise need to do if you were selling your gun privately to an individual.

 

HOW TO SELL YOUR GUN ONLINE TO US

Our simple process gives you the assurance and confidence that every step is completed correctly. We start by learning about you and the firearm or firearms you want to sell. When you work with us, these are the seven basic steps in the online gun selling process:

YOU SEND US YOUR INFORMATION, PHOTOS OF THE FIREARM AND DETAILS ABOUT IT OR ITS ACCESSORIES.

WE APPRAISE YOUR FIREARM AND OFFER YOU A FAIR PRICE.

YOU EITHER ACCEPT OR REJECT OUR OFFER WITH NO OBLIGATION.

IF YOU ACCEPT THE OFFER, WE SEND YOU A MAILING SLIP TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR FIREARM.

YOU PACKAGE THE FIREARM AS INSTRUCTED AND INCLUDE THE PACKING SLIP.

YOU MAIL THE FIREARM TO US.

WE COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION AND SEND YOUR PAYMENT.

 
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