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Private firearm transactions, what personal info on the receipts?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mike U., May 14, 2007.

  1. Mike U.

    Mike U. Well-Known Member

    Title essentially says it all. I'm wondering what is proper form for that
    all-important receipt in a private party transaction.
    Do we put DL #'s on the receipt?
    What form of ID should be asked for and provided by me(the seller)?

    I know this should be a common sense thing, but, some forms of ID can be used to do naughty things. Like stealing your identity. :eek: Which, BTW, I'm still recovering from. Mine was stolen online because one of the many shooting supply places I dealt with stored my (and apparently other customer's) personal info like my account number, pin # and DL# in an online hackable computer. :fire: :mad:

    This is a total CYA thing. I don't want officer friendly knocking on my door asking why a firearm registered to me was found at a murder scene two years after I sold it.

    My apologies if this is an asinine question. :eek:
  2. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Well-Known Member

    Here is what I included in my last transaction

    Sellers Name
    Buyers Name
    Firearms Serial Number/ Make/ Model

    Both peoples address and phone

    sellers DL#

    A little short paragraph saying that the buyer released me from all responsibilty, the gun was as is and that the buyer was able to legally purchase a firearm under both state and federal laws.

    Might be able to dig up the form I used. I just googled something like FTF transfer form and found one that was pretty generic.
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    kd7nqb has given you all the correct information, as nothing else
    is needed. Be careful with your driver's license; up until just recently, my
    home state of Alabama use to put your social security number on the
    face of your D/L; for everyone too see~! :( :scrutiny:
  4. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Well-Known Member

    Legally: In Florida you don't need anything, even a receipt. Just money for gun.

    Practically: kd7nqb's suggestion is great. All I would add is that you may want to have the buyer and seller both sign each copy and then you may want to mail your copy to yourself. This creates a legal date for future reference. For example, If, God forbid, you sell a gun to someone that ends up being used to commit a crime and the police end up at your door, you have a dated and sealed receipt that predates the crime.
  5. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    Any firearms I dispose of are through a friend of mine who owns a gun shop. He charges 10 percent but the price he obtains is greater than what I would receive thru a totally private sale and the new buyer gets OK'ed thru the instant check program.
  6. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    You have firearms registtration in FL?
  7. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Your receipt won't prevent this. If you are really worried sell only thru a dealer then you are not the owner of record any longer, but even then the police might still come knocking as unless illegal databases exist and are being used, the manufacturer/importer gets a call with the the serial number and says "Dealer A". Dealer A gets a call or BATFE looks it up in the records he's turned in if "out of business". Which still point to you unless you sell thru the same dealer you bought from.

    Maybe some LEO here can chime in, but I suspect the utility of crime gun traces is mostly only of value for anti's to blame the "availability of guns" for the crime. Just about everything you see on TV about guns is wrong.

    Unless noterized this piece of paper is of no more value than just saying "I sold it to Joe Smith". If noterized and other evidence points at you this paper still proves nada as you could have stolen it back from Joe later to do your crime (you know where he lives, your paperwork proves it!). If Joe did the crime he'll claim it was stolen or he sold it.

    Last edited: May 14, 2007
  8. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I give no personal information to a stranger and I ask for no information.

    Do you really want a complete stranger knowing such things as your name, address, driver's license number, etc, and that you are a GUN OWNER?

    As far as,
    This seems to be a big frightening thing to a lot of people
    Exactly just what are you afraid will happen?

    I'll tell you what happens.
    A gun I owned and sold was used in a killing (I don't know any details).
    City detectives tracked me 1,400 miles and called me on the phone. The call lasted just a few minutes and consisted of me telling the detective I sold the gun a couple years ago and (legally) had no paperwork.
    That was it. No black helicopters over the house or the ATF kicking down the door in the middle of the night.

    Follow any state and federal laws that apply and don't worry about it.
  9. paul

    paul Well-Known Member

    In every one of the numerous FTF sales I've been involved with, both buying and selling, the transaction was completed with minimum of fuss.
    If I didn't know your name beforehand, I generally didn't know it after.

    I follow the law to the letter with absolutely no shortcuts.
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Nothing required here. If I like their looks I check that their drivers liscence is in-state and leave it at that. If I don't, then there's no deal.
  11. News Shooter

    News Shooter Well-Known Member

    In the PRM

    Where the peons are only allowed four face to face transactions a year by the way...each party has to fill out and sign a form FA-10 which includes each person's personal information.

    It is gun registration:mad:
  12. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    I might ask to see a CCW permit via e-mail before the meeting if I have any doubts about the buyer, but I don't keep any records. Nor do I provide any.

    I'm just a little turned off by the whole "firearm purchase receipts must be created and maintained forever" mentality that seems to be the norm nowadays. In a perfect world, none of my firearms would have any records attached to them, though even I get impatient and buy new on occasion. ;)

    The only justification I can give for this other than "it creeps me out" is the experience one of our members shared during the DC Sniper Shootings, when he had a couple of MD cops show up at his door and essentially demand he hand his AR over for testing. I don't want to be placed in that position.

    Especially if it ever comes to outlawing a particular brand/model/caliber of arm and I've never gotten around to properly disposing of mine...
  13. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    I have never asked for any personal information on guns I have sold, but I would not sell to someone that I was worried about to begin with. Under the law here, I can sell to another individual as long as I have no reason to believe they are illegal to buy a gun.

    For those who require ID or other personal info, how do you know the ID is not fake?
  14. AirForceShooter

    AirForceShooter Well-Known Member

    I'm in Florida.
    What reciept?

  15. Glockman17366

    Glockman17366 Well-Known Member

    I don't sell or swap guns very often.
    The last time I did was for a revolver. We went through a FFL for this. I would do the same for a long gun (although I don't believe it's required in PA).

    That 20 bucks for the FFL might save a guy a world of grief in the future...

    Just my humble opinion!
  16. HiWayMan

    HiWayMan Well-Known Member

    We look at each others ID's to confirm we are from the same state, then I get money and other gets gun or vice versa. There is no reciept or paperwork. And the deal always smells a bit like freedom, (except for that ID part).
  17. Vaarok

    Vaarok Well-Known Member

    For mailorder antiques across state lines or mailorder from in-state, I've usually just done the "Name/DL/I'm of legal age and not a crackhead, signed X" paper for the guy I was buying from. No idea what they did with it after they got it, but it seemed only fair.

    The actual text I use is:

    I [Vaarok] hereby certify and affirm that I am not a crazy, a crackhead, a wifebeater, child molestor, felon, fence-jumper, or other form of bad person, and can thus legally buy, posess, disassemble, reassemble, play with, weld on, drill, tap, modify, and even maybe have explode in my face, a pre-1899 antique firearm in my home town, county, and state, and hereby discharge the seller of any liability for any bad actions I could possibly make after I take possession of the item in question, even though I’m not going to.
  18. vis-à-vis

    vis-à-vis Well-Known Member

    I bought a gun from a friend but obtained no reciept. The fella has a CCW permit and I figure pretty legit. it was the only gun I have ever obtained that way. Should I get a reciept? Any laws requiring one?
  19. SomeKid

    SomeKid Well-Known Member

    Derek, did you save the thread? I would love to read it.

    If not, can you fill out the story more? (Did he "politely" slam the door for example?)
  20. Havegunjoe

    Havegunjoe Well-Known Member

    I would add a CCW permit. This implies that a background check was run. Here in MN we require a Permit to Purchase if you don't have a carry permit if you are buying from a store so I would require the same in a private sale. Both require a background check but the CCW is more extensive. I would photocopy all identification. You want to show you made a good faith effort to not sell to someone that shouldn't be allowed to own a gun.

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