How to Sell a Gun in Texas
We at Cash My Guns are based in the beautiful state of Nevada. Our tight-knit crew relishes every opportunity to travel to Texas, because the fine people of our states share some fundamental beliefs. We, like many in Texas, believe that the second amendment is sacred. The right to bear arms is an inalienable right. We advocate for strong gun safety and adherence to the letter of the law. We appreciate our freedoms, and we’ll fight to protect them. We also believe in preserving cool, rare and historically significant firearms. Similarly, we treat gun collections that have been passed down through the generations with the utmost respect. In this article, we’ll explain how to sell a gun in Texas,which laws you need to keep in mind and an assessment of the options at your disposal.
Texas Gun Selling Laws
According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “Texas requires the reporting of mentally ill individuals to the federal database used for firearm purchaser background checks.” They go on to say, “Texas has no law requiring dealers to conduct a background check on prospective firearm purchasers, although the federal background check requirement applies.”
No background check is required for individuals looking to purchase a gun private party. There are, however, stipulations that the seller cannot knowingly sell to parties who openly wish to commit unlawful acts, those who are under the age of 18 without parental consent, those who are intoxicated, felons*,someone under an active protection order or those who plant to deliver the gun to someone under an active protection order. These laws apply to sales, rents, leases,and loans (Giffords).
Texas gun selling laws DO NOT:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed individuals;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Regulate the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles,or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junkguns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed carry permit.
Staying in compliance with gun laws can be difficult even when you attempt to do so to the fullest degree. If any of Texas’ gun laws are giving you grief, there is no reason for you to endure the hassle. You can sell your gun to Cash My Guns and turn that headache into cash.
Venues for Selling a Gun in Texas
Those wishing to sell a gun or a gun collection in Texas have multiple methods at their disposal. In this section we look at the pros and cons to each gun sale method.
Pros: Our process is easy, safe, discreet, legal and fast. We’ll always give you a great value for your unwanted firearm. We pay for your shipping supplies. We allow you to track your gun shipment during the entire process. Our customer service team will respond to you in minutes or hours, not days or weeks.
Cons: Although our turn-around time is lightning fast, we’re unable to offer same-day sales. Once we agree on a price for your firearm, we mail you shipping supplies at no cost to you. Then you mail your firearm to us. Once we receive and confirm the identity of your firearm, we cut you a check!
Pros: This method allows for same-day sales.
Cons: Private party sales often result in a disparity between what is fair and what is desirable. Each party has a tendency to seek the “lopsided deal” without providing a solid rationale. In other words, it can be difficult for two private parties to agree on value. The location of the transaction can be contentious. One party may desire the transaction to occur in a public place, whereas the other party may wish to conduct the transaction at a private residence.
Gun Shop / Pawn Shop:
Pros: This method can allow for same-day sales.
Cons: Obtaining a loan via pawning your gun will always come with a steep interest rate. Consigning your gun to a pawnshop via a shared-profit agreement can be fruitful, but the payout can take months. Selling your gun to a pawnshop might be fast, but you’ll only receive a maximum of 30% of the gun’s value. Oftentimes, you’ll receive much less than that. Further, pawnshops might require your fingerprints and other intrusive information. You might get a slightly better deal at a gun shop, but there, too, the gun shop has a vested interest in purchasing your gun for a low price and re-selling it for a high price.
Pros: You will likely find a multitude of vendors interested in purchasing your gun. You can probably receive cash for your gun the same day that you sell it.
Cons: Vendors at gun shows can be sharks when it comes to wheeling and dealing. Because there are so many opportunities at a gun show, vendors are often interested in conducting transactions quickly. You don’t want to be pressured into a transaction until you feel comfortable. Many opportunities may sound attractive, but you might experience choice paralysis. What if vendor-6 will offer you a better price than vendor-4? What about vendor-26?
Pros: Some churches, organizations, police departments and cities will offer gift cards or other monetary incentives in exchange for unwanted firearms.
Cons: Some cities will destroy the guns surrendered in this process, whereas other cities will resell the guns to replenish public funds. If you want the gun to survive after your ownership, you may want to choose another method. Generally speaking, you aren’t paid a fair value for your gun at these events.
Pros: This method allows many prospective buyers to look at your firearm.
Cons: There is a fee associated with creating a listing on their site. Creating the listing itself can be burdensome. Your gun will be one among many guns being sold by savvy sellers. If some aspect of the transaction or process gets confusing, this organization is known for extremely slow response times. Similarly, if an error occurs during the process, good luck wrangling a member of their customer service team.
Sell Your Gun to Cash My Guns
Have you ever wondered, “How do I sell my gun in Texas?” Cash My Guns makes it as easy as possible for you to sell your unwanted firearms at no cost. Whether you’re looking to downsize your private collection, you inherited unwanted firearms, you plan to move to a more restrictive state or any other reason, we would be honored if you would consider selling your firearm to us.
Our process is fast, legal and it delivers the best bang for your buck. We also take great pride in how we communicate with our customers throughout the process. We’re always available to address your questions via phone or online chat. Some online gun selling companies take days or weeks to get back to you. We measure the response time of our gun experts to our customers in minutes and hours, not days and weeks.
We professionally appraise every firearm that comes to us. We can also help you identify the gun or guns in your collection if you’re unsure of their makes and models. Our gun appraisals follow strict guidelines based on: make, model, metal finish, wood & composite finish, overall condition& functionality, rarity, and comparative sales. Our appraisals are always fair, and we are always willing to explain our value assessment upon request.
We pay for the shipping and transaction costs associated with selling a gun or gun collection. We pay to have the shipping supplies sent to you. Our firearm transfer methods are approved by the ATF and major shipping carriers. By using Cash My Guns, you save money in fees, not to mention the time and resources needed to sell a gun collection private party.
We allow you to track your gun shipment during the entire process. You can feel safe knowing that your firearm collection will arrive at our warehouse quickly, safely and that you get paid.
Once your gun or gun collection has been received, we send you a check for an agreed-to value. Not ready to ditch your whole collection? No problem! Dip your toes and explore our process by starting with the sale of one gun, but remember, you’ll get more bang for your buck when you sell in bulk!
Begin our safe, discrete and legal process here.
The information contained on this website has been prepared as a service to the internet community and is not intended to constitute legal advice. CashMyGuns.com has used reasonable efforts in collecting, preparing, and providing quality information and material, but does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, adequacy, or currency of the information contained in or linked to this website. Users of information from this website or links do so at their own risk and should consult their local firearm law resources and/or an attorney when engaging in selling a firearm. The cited information in this article was obtained on 02/28/19.”