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Purchase/Sale of a gun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Franktri, May 24, 2012.

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  1. Franktri

    Franktri Member

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    It is understood that, if I purchase a gun thru TS.com, it must go to a FFL dealer for the exchange to take place, according to the law. But, what if I purchase it directly from someone (person to person)? Is it necessary to deal thru an FFL dealer or can the exchange just take place? Does it depend upon the state it is dealt in?
     
  2. sterlingworth

    sterlingworth Active Member

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    Depends on the state. If in doubt go thru an FFL,to be sure.
     
  3. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    Meet with the person and do cash. Have a friend go with you and meet somewhere like a parking lot at a mall where there are other people for all saftey reasons. Look the gun over nad if you like it pay him in cash. Done deal. The less the gov knows the better.

    Yes there are some people here who are so scared they make chicken little look like BraveHeart.
     
  4. GBatch_25

    GBatch_25 Active Member

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    I think the answer to your question (Does it depend upon the state it is dealt in?) is Yes. In Illinois a private sale between Illinois residents does not require an FFL to be involved; both parties must sign a bill of sale, show each other proper ID and keep the forms for 10 years).

    Depending where you are, find out the Department that handles Firearms regulatory matters and either read the requirements on their website or call them. Due diligence is your responsibility.

    Of course, as sterlingworth suggests, you can always go through an FFL to avoid any possible legal problems due to ignorance of the laws.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
  5. DoubleAuto

    DoubleAuto Well-Known Member

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    There is a local person (Kevin Dawson) who bought and sold a bunch of guns at gun shows out of his car trunk, etc. ATF warned him that he needed to get an FFL due to the number of guns he was selling. He ignored their warning. Dawson happened to sell at least one firearm to Jesse Mathews (an escaped felon who came to Tennessee) at a gun show and was hiding out locally. Jesse Mathews used the gun to commit a robbery and kill responding officer Sgt. Mark Chapin last year. Kevin Dawson was arrested today for dealing in firearms without a license and a multitude of other violations including obtaining an unlicensed full auto weapon. Be careful who you are dealing with.
     
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