Firearm (Gun) Bill of Sale Form

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The firearm (gun) bill of sale form is the standard paperwork utilized during the sale and purchase of a gun. Whether you are the seller or buyer, it is important that you retain a copy of the document, as it operates as a receipt verifying the existence of a transaction. Specific data regarding the sale is copied to the form along with signatures from each party.

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    How to Sell a Firearm / Gun Privately

    Why not just sell your gun to an arms dealer? Well, when selling your firearm to a dealer, they will typically try to low ball you in order to make a profit on selling your used gun. The advantage of a private sale is that you could get top dollar for what the gun is worth. Whether you are looking to sell your gun because it is collecting dust in storage or you need some fast cash, we are going to go over the guidelines of selling your firearm in a safe and effective method. It may seem like a daunting task considering all the legal implications that go along with selling a firearm, but as long as you follow the federal and state laws, you will protect yourself from any legal backlash.

    Step 1 – Research your Local Gun Laws

    Whenever participating in the private sale of a firearm, it is imperative that you execute due diligence and educate yourself on the rules and regulations of the state in which the sale is taking place. Different states have different laws concerning private sales and it is up to you to research the requirements needed to complete a legitimate sale. Visit nraila.org to search the laws specific to your state. Here, you will find all the information you need to know about permits, restrictions, registrations, etc.

    Step 2 – Prepare your Gun for Sale

    Now that you have made up your mind that you would like to sell your firearm, it is important that you prep it for the marketplace. Start by making sure the gun is emptied of all ammunition (unload the magazine and clear the chamber). Next, disassemble the gun for an in-depth cleaning (the cleaning process will differ from gun-to-gun). Lastly, you are going to want to lubricate all the necessary working parts with oil to make sure the gun is well-greased for firing.

    Step 3 – What is the Firearm Worth?

    When selling a firearm, the first thing you are going to have to determine will be the asking price. To do so, you are going to have to examine the current marketplace, comparing and contrasting similar firearms. Some elements that determine the value of a gun are:

    • Manufacturer and Model
    • Caliber
    • Condition (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)
    • Uniqueness (Is the firearm a collector’s item or antique?)
    • History (Was the firearm owned by a famous individual or used in a historic event?)
    • Local Market

    Visit stores and search firearm websites to view the prices of comparable guns to get an idea of its worth. Also, there are websites that provide a tool that allows you to find a rough estimate of the value of your gun. The most popular being:

    • BlueBookofGunValues.com  – Enter the specific information pertaining to your firearm in order to calculate a value. (There is a fee associated with the use of this website.)

    4. Marketing your Firearm

    It is always best to sell a firearm to someone that you personally know, so if you have someone in mind who think may be interested, you should approach them first. A good way to get the word out is to create a post on Facebook.com notifying any friends, family, or acquaintances that you have a firearm for sale.

    If you do not know anyone who would like to buy your firearm, there are other options as well. There are several sites dedicated to the sale of firearms.

    ArmsList.com – This is one of the top classified ad websites for selling used guns. Create an ad that will be viewed by local buyers.

    5. Meeting with a Potential Buyer

    It is important that the meeting is arranged in a safe, public location during the daytime. Some good locations would include:

    • Shooting Range
    • Parking lot of a well-known establishment during business hours (be sure to exercise common sense when showing the firearm).
    • Within a close proximity of a police department.

    Since you are meeting with a stranger, it is important to protect yourself from theft or physical threat. Bring along a companion and carry a handgun if

    Gun Laws State to State

    State Is Registration Required? Is a Permit to Purchase Required? Do I Need a License to Own? Is a Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun Required?
    Alabama No No No Yes. Contact your local Sheriff’s Office to apply.
    Alaska No No No No, but it is available for those who wish to acquire the additional benefits.
    Arizona No No No No, but may be obtained if desired.
    Arkansas No No No No, but interested parties have the option of applying online.
    California Yes, for firearms purchased out-of-state and certain types of assault rifles. No, but all private transactions should be processed through an FFL dealer – in accordance with  PEN § 26500 No Yes, contact your local sheriff’s or police department to find out more.
    Colorado No No, but all private sales must incorporate a background check on the buyer, as stipulated in C.R.S. § 18-12-112. No Yes. Individuals should contact their local sheriff’s department if they are interested in procuring a CHP.
    Connecticut Yes, for specific types of assault rifles. Yes, a “Certificate of Eligibility” is necessary to legally purchase a firearm within the state. No Yes. If interested in applying, get in touch with your local city/town hall, police department, or first selectman’s office to obtain the necessary paperwork.
    Delaware No No No Yes, Delaware residents who meet the standards specified in § 1441 must achieve a CCDW license before lawfully carrying a concealed handgun.
    Florida No No No Yes, you may apply online or at your nearest service location.
    Georgia No No No Yes. You may either apply online or in person at local probate court.
    Hawaii Yes, according to  H.R.S. §134-3. (Contact your local police department to inquire about the process.) Yes, according to H.R.S. §134-2. Consult with your local county police department about the requirements needed to procure the license. No Yes. Licenses are only issued to applicants who can prove “just cause”.
    Idaho No No No No, as long as the person is at least 21 years of age. The option is available to any eligible gun owner who would like to obtain the license. (Find out more by contacting your local sheriff’s office.)
    Illinois No Yes. A FOID card is needed to purchase a firearm. Apply online or through the ISP’s hotline number – (217) 782-7980. Yes, a FOID card functions as a license to own. Yes, interested parties may apply through the state’s website or by calling (217) 782-7890 and dialing “0”.
    Indiana No No No Yes. If you would like to acquire this license, apply online.
    Iowa No Yes, for handguns only (contact your local sheriff’s office for more information). No Yes. Call or visit your county sheriff’s department for details on how to apply.
    Kansas No No No No, but residents who are interested in acquiring a CCHL for the added benefits may apply through their local sheriff’s department.
    Kentucky No No No Yes. Individuals who would like to gain this privilege may apply at their county sheriff’s office or through the KSP’s CCDW Portal.
    Louisiana No No No Yes. Citizens that are interested in obtaining a CHP should contact their local police department to find out more about the application process.
    Maine No No No No. If you are still interested in obtaining a permit, you must first see if the state police issue permits within your town.
    Maryland Yes Yes, for handguns only. No Yes, contact the Maryland State Police Licensing Division for more info.
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming

    How to Write a Firearm Bill of Sale

    Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.docx).

    Step 2 – Section 1: Buyer – Begin by entering the following requested buyer information into the corresponding spaces provided:

    • Full Printed Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Address
    • City
    • State
    • Zip Code
    • Phone Number
    • Driver’s License #
    • Permit Number
    • Permit to Purchase (check the box if you possess)
    • Permit to Carry (check the box if you possess)
    • Buyer Signature
    • Date

    Step 3 – Section 2: Seller – Seller must provide specific details regarding the firearm being sold. Enter the following information:

    • Manufacturer
    • Model Number
    • Serial Number
    • Caliber
    • Description

    Step 4 – Section 3: Seller – The last section requires the seller to insert the following personal information:

    • Full Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Address
    • City
    • State
    • Zip Code
    • Phone Number
    • Driver’s License #
    • Permit Number
    • Permit to Purchase
    • Permit to Carry
    • Seller Signature
    • Date