Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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The firearm bill of sale 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 tolow 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    How to Write a Bill of Sale

    Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

    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