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Trading a Gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Pain, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. Pain

    Pain Well-Known Member

    First of all, I'de like to thank the forum members for quickly helping me arrive at my descision to trade my Taurus for The Sig., But I have one Final question that I have to ask (for now). What paperwork If any is needed to trade? I live in Texas( if this helps.)
    What assures me that my handun still registered to me after trading it does'nt end up in a crime some how and I be held liable. Surely telling the cops Oh i traded that thing off is'nt going to be sufficient, if it was used in a shooting or something. How can I verify the one Im getting was'nt stolen and my friend bought it, does'nt know it's stolen and trades it to me. Then I have to use it to protect myself and get arrested for having a stolen hangun. Thanx again as usual for your help in advance. Pain
  2. ajacobs

    ajacobs Well-Known Member

    Just get a reciept from the person you traded it to. ! for each of you and both of you sign it. I bought a gun at a gunshow very cheap (I should have known) it was from someone walking around so there was no paperwork. I fixed up the gun and sold it to a shop on a trade. It came back as being stolen out of a UPS routing center. I never even received a in person visit from the detectives. I suppose it helps that I had never worked for ups or been to OK. I did not have a receipt and only a faint description of the guy I got it from. Never went any farther than that.
  3. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Here in CA, you have to complete a trade by going trough a dealer, pay your dros fees, going through 10 day wait & completing the registration process. :( I'm sure someone from your neck of the woods knows the process that best applies to you.
    Congrats on the new SIG! :cool:
  4. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide Well-Known Member

    My understanding of Ohio law is a private sale needs not go thru any govt. clearinghouse, so to speak.

    It is a good idea to get a bill of sale for yourself.

    Not that this applies in your area, just pointing out to make sure what YOUR laws are.

    I was going to respond to your original thread but you had you answer.

    Hope this helps and hope the sig serves you well,

  5. Pain

    Pain Well-Known Member

    As usual guys Thanx for the help.
  6. uglymofo

    uglymofo Well-Known Member

    Back in the days before Feinstein, I sold a 1911 at a local gun show on a Friday. I got a receipt. No transfer paperwork was ever filled out. The gun was confiscated in Washington D.C. on the following Monday in a shootout.

    Tuesday morning the FBI came to my work looking for me. They told me the story, I told them what I'd done with the gun, and for some reason they believed me and agreed to let it go, and meet me at my house that night. I showed them the receipt which had the buyer's name business address, driver's license number (and home address from it). I've never heard from the Feds since. By the way, I got the driver's license info from the buyer only at my insistence. I suppose now we know why he was so reluctant. Even in those days there was a 5-day waiting period for sales.
  7. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I've traded very few guns to individuals locally. Maybe three tops. I've found I get better values selling on the internet and then of course, they'd be going through a dealer.

    The few times I have traded, I just take two copies detailing the trade/sale and have us both sign. After the trade, I jot down a description of the person and the car they were in. If someone comes along with the other party, I describe them as well.
  8. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    Bill of sale should be something like this:
    That's all you need.

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