Sometimes, it happens. You don’t use a certain firearm so much and it’s taking up space in your gun locker, or you fall on some financial hardship and you need to generate some quick cash. Firearms are a quick way to make some money. But how do you sell your firearm? This is something that most people don’t have any clue as to how to conduct themselves. Unfortunately, I’ve had to sell many firearms that I’ve owned over the years, but fortunately for you, the reader, that has given me some knowledge and tips that I would like to impart to you right now.

1) Your best option is to sell to somebody you know.

It goes without saying that the internet is a very strange and often dangerous place. Many websites, such as Craigslist and Backpage, have started to crack down on firearms classifieds, so your options in that department are also limited. The best and safest way to sell your firearm is to sell it to a friend, somebody you know personally and that you would trust with a firearm. Keep in mind that even with private sales, all local, state, and federal firearms laws apply, the biggest of these being that you cannot sell a firearm to felons, those who have been found guilty of domestic violence, or the mentally adjudicated. If you sell to somebody in one of those three categories and you are found out, then you will be punished in accordance with the law. Aside from that, your friends will be your best and safest option. You can invite said friend into the comfort and privacy of your home and conduct the transaction there, away from prying eyes and hoplophobes.

2) Your second best option would be a friend of a friend.

None of your friends have cash, or aren’t interested in what you’re selling? Perhaps a friend of a friend is. In this case, if you trust your friend’s word and they vouch for the buying party, then doing the transaction at home can work. Personally, if I don’t know the person, I prefer to meet at the mutual friend’s place, or in a public place, even if my friend vouches for them, as I tend to err on the side of caution. With the friend of a friend, you’ll want the mutual friend present to act as a witness. You’ll also want to generate a bill of sale, which we’ll talk about in a bit.

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A grocery store parking lot is a solid choice in sales venue.
This should be common sense, but if the Army has taught me something, it’s that you must repeat common sense things just in case the Good Idea Fairy inspires somebody who is unknowing to do something that is not within their best interests. I have done meets with people who I have met on the internet. The first tip is to pick a public place. That way, should they get any ideas, there will be plenty of witnesses to back you up. Lots of witnesses tend to deter those with devious motives.

3) When meeting a stranger, don’t go unarmed or alone.

Another common sense tip. If I’m selling one of my guns, I make sure I have one locked and loaded on me. If you don’t have one, then borrow one. If you can’t borrow one, you shouldn’t be selling to a stranger. You don’t know if this person is a legit person or somebody with nefarious intent. Be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.

Also, remember that there is safety in numbers. This is a tip that I personally need to work out. I usually end up going alone, but I do go armed. Chalk that up to infantry mental invincibility syndrome.