How to Sell a Gun Online
We get this all the time.
Just like any other kind of used good, people sell used guns all the time. Knowing how to sell a firearm and understanding the dangers, risks, and laws beforehand is pinnacle in ensuring that you are selling your gun quickly and legally.
Knowing how to sell a firearm is important because as mentioned, the sale and transfer of your firearm is federally regulated, the process is more complicated than selling other used goods online, and if you sell your gun to someone who shouldn’t legally own it – you could be held liable.
Don’t worry! Just follow these steps and you will be just fine.
What is Your Gun Worth?
Your gun is worth what someone will pay for it, plain and simple. If you’re not an expert on valuing guns, find someone is. Like us. Get a free appraisal and estimate from Cash My Guns – we’re experts. Just like a used car, a gun’s worth is based on factors like usage (mileage), rarity (a rare and sought after the gun is worth more than one you can get anywhere), and finally collectability. Certain manufacturers and models have more appeal to collectors and age doesn’t always mean it’s worth something, unfortunately.
Prepare Your Gun for Sale
Just like anything else you’d be selling used, it’s important to prepare your item before shipping it off. You wouldn’t want to purchase a firearm and upon receipt notice it’s dirty, would you?
BE CAREFUL when preparing your gun for sale. Many antique firearms have been ruined because of excess cleaning and use of harsh chemicals. In fact, if you have no experience cleaning a firearm, avoid doing it. If you have an older firearm, don’t clean it – many collectors/buyers want to see the original in all its glory.
Selling a Gun Privately
If you’re looking to maximized what you will get for your used firearm, selling a gun privately will likely bring you a better price. However, there is a lot more time/work involved and there is a certain amount of risk you have to be comfortable with if you are selling a firearm to someone without knowing much about them or their past.
Many states have laws related to private gun sales and if you don’t know or understand the law fully, you could be at risk for doing something illegal.
For example, some states require background checks for private party sales. Some states require an owner ID card to sell a firearm and most states have restrictions on who can own a firearm (e.g., age, mental health, criminal record, etc.). The truth is, there is a lot you need to know and comply with if you choose to sell a firearm to another person as a private party sale. Remember, you always have a choice and if you get a bad feeling about your selling your gun to a certain individual, walk away.
Selling a gun online is easiest when you go through Cash My Guns. Talk to CashMyGuns.com about our services and the benefits of using us!