How do I sell my gun/pistol legally to another person?

I want to sell a pistol I bought years ago. I bought it new and they did the background check etc. If I sell it, then this guy shoots someone, will they trace it back to me even if I have a bill of sale?
In the state of FL

Yes, in most states its PERFECTLY LEGAL to do a private sale.
All thats required is age verification, and that you are selling to someone who appears to be of Reasonable Morals/Judgement…..as long as they dont appear to be insane or drug/alcohol abuser.

But for private sale, no paperwork required, just cash and carry.
But YES the gun is still registered to YOU, HOWEVER most states DONT require that you report firearms that were Stolen or Sold….UNLESS it is a Class 3 regulated firearm or device(fully automatic weapons,silencer, destructive devices, and pistol stocks, sawed off shotguns, street sweepers,etc…)

Even in some of the most strict gun states, like maryland, new jersey,etc….there is no law stating you must notify police when a firearm is sold or stolen.

Just for scenario lets do this….

-Say the guy you sold your pistol to turns around and kills someone.
Now police are SUPPOSED to delete firearms transaction/registration records after X-amount of months or Years……but they probably dont.

So the police found your gun, or shell casing matching your gun.
You just state that you either sold the gun, or it was stolen, and that there is no law requiring you to report sold or stolen firearms.
There is legally nothing they can do except interrogate you…

Although its DEFINATELY a good idea to report a stolen gun!!!
Because it could lead to more trouble later on if the gun is used in a crime.

Comments

  1. mike i
    on 07.05.2009
    at 2:41 AM

    Yes, in most states its PERFECTLY LEGAL to do a private sale.
    All thats required is age verification, and that you are selling to someone who appears to be of Reasonable Morals/Judgement…..as long as they dont appear to be insane or drug/alcohol abuser.

    But for private sale, no paperwork required, just cash and carry.
    But YES the gun is still registered to YOU, HOWEVER most states DONT require that you report firearms that were Stolen or Sold….UNLESS it is a Class 3 regulated firearm or device(fully automatic weapons,silencer, destructive devices, and pistol stocks, sawed off shotguns, street sweepers,etc…)

    Even in some of the most strict gun states, like maryland, new jersey,etc….there is no law stating you must notify police when a firearm is sold or stolen.

    Just for scenario lets do this….

    -Say the guy you sold your pistol to turns around and kills someone.
    Now police are SUPPOSED to delete firearms transaction/registration records after X-amount of months or Years……but they probably dont.

    So the police found your gun, or shell casing matching your gun.
    You just state that you either sold the gun, or it was stolen, and that there is no law requiring you to report sold or stolen firearms.
    There is legally nothing they can do except interrogate you…

    Although its DEFINATELY a good idea to report a stolen gun!!!
    Because it could lead to more trouble later on if the gun is used in a crime.
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  2. Second Amendment Defender
    on 07.05.2009
    at 2:16 AM

    If FL allows private party sales (i think they do) just sell it with a bill of sale and a photo copy of the buyers drivers license.

    If the buyer does not want to give you the DL then tell them it has to go through a FFL

    I would go through the FFL just to make sure they can own a firearm.

    Thats why I would only sell to a CHL holder here in and then require a copy of the CHL with the bill of sale.
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    Never selling mine, lost them all in a boating accident

  3. vangion
    on 07.05.2009
    at 2:01 AM

    In Florida there is no need to go through an FFL and it would be a ridiculous waste of time to do so

    All we have to do to sell private transaction here is see the Fl state ID
    You don't have to record it you only have to establish that he is a Fla resident

    I have bought and sold a couple hundred guns in Florida over the past couple of years

    Some people want a receipt some don't

    A two way receipt will help you out if the gun is found at the scene of a crime
    Or if the gun is stolen from the new owner who does not report it and is then used to hold up an undercover cop by a crack head who drops the gun as he runs away
    Then the next day the police come to your house and ask you about the gun
    You tell hthem
    I sold it to Jim Simpson two months ago, see the entry in my book (no receipt just my entry in my record book)
    The they say have a nice day Mr Vangion
    And go on their merry way to find Jim and ask him why he did not report it stolen

    But in Florida there is no requirement to report lost or stolen guns or record the sale
    Unless they can connect you to the crime finding your gun at the scene does not incriminate you
    =======================================
    You will never get to retain a copy of my DL for any reason and if you insist on the added expense of going through an FFL you had better be giving one hell of a deal

    Don't over think things
    Just sell the gun
    Florida is not a anal as some other states apparently
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  4. bobbo342
    on 07.05.2009
    at 1:40 AM

    I would only do a transfer or sell to someone I know. If you do not know the guy go through a FFL dealer. If you do decide to sell keep a receipt. If he does do something stupid you will then have a paper trail leading to the buyer.

    But again I would only sell to somebody I knew.
    References :
    Gun Owner, NRA member

  5. Texas Pride
    on 07.05.2009
    at 1:31 AM

    In Texas it is perfectly legal to sell a gun to someone who you have no reason to suspect. In Kalifornia it is not (has to go through a dealer). Gun laws are not uniform throughout the States, so check.

    In Texas, you just keep the bill of sale. That’s it. If he hurts someone, and they recover the gun (but not the person) then they will trace the gun to the dealer, the dealer to you, and you to to the person. You will not be in any trouble, just like the gun dealer. You’re just part of the investigation, not the criminal.

    I recently sold a gun to a friend in this way. It is 100% legal, and I wouldn’t have even considered it if there was a chance it was illegal.

    Good luck. –Tex
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  6. John de Witt
    on 07.05.2009
    at 12:57 AM

    It would, in most places, be nearly impossible for the gun to be traced back to you. The police rarely even bother to try, it’s so pointless. And if you had the bill of sale, what would be the consequence? Unless there’s some reason you knew or should have known he’d use it in a criminal way, there’s still no liability.
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  7. Jenna
    on 07.05.2009
    at 12:16 AM

    If you have a gun permit I don’t see why you would get in trouble. But if its illegal and this person harms someone it may get traced back to you. If you don’t know how to sell it maybe consider going to a gun shop asking them how to sell it. Good luck!
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    Myself.

  8. dca2003311@yahoo.com
    on 06.05.2009
    at 11:36 PM

    The Best and Safest thing to do is have a transfer of ownership done with a Local FFL Dealer to protect, and prevent that from happening in the future.* The FFL Dealer will run a background check on the buyer before allowing him or her to take possession of the handgun.* Be Smart& Wise and have it done that way, then you are in the clear.*
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    Run like a Deer.*………….Fly like an Eagle.*~~

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