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selling private party

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by alex_h, Sep 19, 2010.


Do you sell private party

  1. Sell face to face no FFL

    60 vote(s)
  2. FFL only

    15 vote(s)
  3. will sell either way depends on buyer

    97 vote(s)
  1. alex_h

    alex_h New Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    Well with everything that is going on in the world do you still sell private party face to face or what ever you want to call it? I came across where I had a coworker want to buy a pistol off of me but he did not want to go through a ffl so did not sell. At first i felt like kind of a jerk but the more i thought of it i did not feel bad but felt good why would anyone ever object to go through a ffl if there is nothing to hide. I dont think it was the fee i was willing to pay the ffl fee.
  2. Prion

    Prion Active Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    New England
    If you were willing to pay the fee and he balked I'd be nervous.

    No way am I risking any legal problems. FFL every time for me.
  3. luigi

    luigi Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Because they wanted a firearm that was off paper I sold one and bought several firearms FTF no FFL no paper no record anywhere that I own the gun
  4. rfurtkamp

    rfurtkamp Active Member

    Dec 10, 2005
    SE Idaho
    I'd sell through a dealer if the buyer insisted and paid the fees (and extra for my time), but I've never encountered one.

    As a buyer, I have zero interest in going through a FFL - hassle, paperwork, and the fun of a delay if I don't bother with the CWL.

    Now that I think about it probably wouldn't bother for selling either - if I'm not comfortable selling them the gun, doesn't matter if the Pope is the middleman.
  5. Rexster

    Rexster Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    Many folks who are clean enough to buy from an FFL want off-paper firearms. I might well sell FTF to an individual I reasonably believed to be clean, but I will tell them that I will not lie to a federal investigator, as I am a very poor liar, and very afraid of federal courts. (No canoe-trip mishap stories from me!) In actual practice, my recent FTF deals have been with fellow LEOs. Otherwise, I have dealt with FFLs since at least the early 1990's.
  6. scchokedaddy

    scchokedaddy Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    Selling to private party

    I allways do a bill of sale either when buying or selling. If they have a problem {and it has happened} then I don't buy or sell. If they want to go FFL then it's on their dollar not mine. Do not see ant reason to pay someone $50 for transfer. If I buy on auction on line I have no problem paying the FFl to recieve for me.
  7. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Mentor

    Dec 19, 2006
    No ffl for ftf sales of private property. I don't go through a hardware store to sell a hammer either...
  8. alex_h

    alex_h New Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    I should go into more detail I live in IL and it is not necessary to go through a FFL but with the way IL is I feel safer myself if something were to happen I have a little more prof that I did infact sell the gun and it is no longer in my position. As i did not him that well the store I work at employes a hair under 400 people I just cant have time to know them all I felt better going through the FFL and its only $25. I do have friends I would sell to no problem but just did not feel like everything was right with this one. Maby I will just stop selling and just horde them all from now on even the ones i have more then one of the same kind.
  9. rbernie
    • Contributing Member

    rbernie Senior Elder

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    Since there are no legal prohibitions against it in my state, I buy and sell guns all the time via FTF deals.

    This topic comes up frequently here, and I have yet to see any legal problems with my doing FTF deals so long as I follow Federal and State law and make every reasonable effort to not sell a firearm to a prohibited person.
  10. danprkr

    danprkr Participating Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    If I had a hinky feeling as you obviously did I'd be going the FFL route, but I've never had that feeling when I've sold. And I've sold/traded/bought face to face more times than I care to remember. I have never not sold, but I have not taken in a gun due to that hinky feeling. Who knows if I was being overly cautious or not, but I've never been in the gray bar motel for buying a stolen gun either. :D
  11. Cap'n Jack Burntbeard

    Cap'n Jack Burntbeard Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    Fairfax VT
    Anything is for sale, at the right price.:D
    If a potential buyer looks less than reputable, the no I would not sell.
    The way I see it, if I do my part to arm one more person, then I have done my good deed for the day.
    For only the armed are truly free.
  12. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Senior Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    No problems with FTF for me. However, since I am licensed as an 03FFL, if I'm dealing with a C&R gun I'm required to log the other party's information. If they don't like it, well, the want ads are full of guns these days.
  13. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Mentor

    May 29, 2003
    I've been selling and buying guns FTF since the late 1950's. I see no reason to stop now.

    In TX you swap the gun and money and walk away.

    I got this beauty and several more at the gun show in the last couple months.
    I have no idea who the seller was and they sure don't know me.
    And that's the way I like it.:)

  14. ritepath

    ritepath Active Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    I always sell to people I know....prolly 50-60 times without ever selling to anyone I didn't know.

    I bought one of my AR's this year off a deputy FTF...he didn't seem to have any problems with the sale.
  15. CB900F

    CB900F Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2003

    The original poster (sorta) asked: "why would anyone ever object to go through a ffl if there is nothing to hide"? Alex, there is something to hide. As it sits, there is no Federal legal requirement to allow them to have a paper trail of every firearm transaction. What's more, there's no good reason to give them that trail that most of us non-coaster's can see. If you feel you need one to protect yourself, then I'd suggest you're selling to the wrong person.

    As far as your co-worker goes, face him up & flat ask if he's got a felony criminal record or other legal reason that would prevent him from legitimally possessing the gun. Good grief, if need be, do it in front of a witness. But please, don't buy into the mindset that says that it has to be FFL because it's the right thing to do. Good intentions pave some damned road I believe.

  16. CHEVELLE427

    CHEVELLE427 Participating Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    FL is face to face but if you state your a felon or been in trouble it does not matter how bad i might need the money ,,, no sell and you will need to leave, if you don't believe me.
    just ask the last guy that tried to by a gun then said he was on parole and then got lippy when i gave him his money back and HE said

    DO WE NEED TO GET THE LAW INVOLVED. i said i guess we do.

    short version HE GOT 8 more MONTHS IN COUNTY

    crazy thing was he requested a bill of sale 1 for him 1 for me in his hand writing... what a DA
  17. garymc

    garymc Member

    May 29, 2006
    St. Louis
    In post #8 the OP claims he lives in IL and is rightly worried about the anti-gun environment. However, as a gun owner in IL, he knows that every gun owner there has an FOID, Firearms Owner ID. The buyer would have to show him his FOID, a state issued ID that should constitute evidence that the buyer is not a felon and satisfies other state requirements for firearms ownership. Going through an FFL would be unnecessary. If he thinks the buyer is an undiagnosed nutcase, then hesitation to sell is commendable. But going through an FFL won't change that. I'm surprised someone from IL hasn't piped up. I'm from MO, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.
  18. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Senior Member

    May 24, 2007
    Brandon, Florida
    If you don't get a bad feeling and the guy isn't reluctant about providing any proof he's able to buy, it's all kosher.

    Sold my first CC piece that way in a parking lot at a gun show. Have a rough description, he had a driver's license that I only checked to make sure he was a FL resident, and we both had friends along as witnesses. Nice guy, quick easy deal, never even got his name.

    Gun and money trade places, hands are shaken, everyone has a nice day.
  19. kyhuntsman94

    kyhuntsman94 New Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Cincy, OH
    I have several friends who prefer to buy guns from private individuals over gun shops for ths very reason. They have nothing to hide, they just don't want to be in a system as a gun owner anymore than they have to. If I had a gun to sell would I sell to them, yes in a heartbeat. I also know that I would get first opportunity to buy it back if he does decide to sell anything that I sold him.
  20. Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket member

    Dec 11, 2009
    hiding in your bushes
    you need to consult an internet gun forum to decide if you should sell a gun legally or not? :eek:

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