Can I Sell My Gun on Craigslist or eBay?

The short answer? No.

Federal law allows individuals who live in the same state to sell guns privately without a background check or paperwork, but each state has its own set of laws that needs to be complied with.

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Buying or selling any guns, gun parts or ammunition is plainly prohibited on Craigslist as it is deemed, “offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or malicious.” Craigslist does its best to enforce this law, but unlike eBay, Craigslist does not have a keyword filter. Meaning that with eBay, as they take the same position on prohibiting firearms sales on their site, has implemented an automated keyword flag. So when certain words like, “Gun, AR-15, ammunition, glock, rifle, stock, etc.” are mentioned within a post, the post is automatically flagged and removed from public view.

Firearms cannot be listed for sale on eBay. Parts and accessories for firearms are okay to sell only under certain conditions detailed in the Firearm parts and accessories section of eBay’s policy. Firearms regardless of their ability to fire, their age, status as a collectible (including flintlock and muzzleloader guns), pin-fire, zip, cannons, start pistols and blank guns (regardless of their markings) are prohibited.

With Craigslist, the site specifically prohibits the sale of firearms, ammunition, clips, cartridges, gunpowder, and reloading material, but it doesn’t take long to find any of these items on the site itself. There are so many posts for the above that it is hard to keep up with the demand of removal and flagging the post.

This is where people who have good intentions, can get into trouble.

So How Can I Sell My Gun Legally?

If you want to sell your gun the legal way, stress-free and without hassle, contact Cash My Guns. You can sell your firearm legally from the comfort of your own home, for free. Cash My Guns will provide and pay for shipping, handling and transaction costs for your unwanted firearm. We strictly follow the guidelines set forth by the ATF and will take due precautions with all firearm transactions.

Because we professionally appraise each gun on make, model, metal finish, wood finish, rarity, and overall condition and functionality, you can rest assured that we will offer you a fair and honest price for your firearm. Cash My Guns also donates 5% back to programs that promote gun safety and prevent gun violence. Our goal here is to take the uncertainty out of selling your firearm, and to explain and answer any questions you may have regarding the sale. The safe, legal, easy way to sell a firearm.