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Old 02-22-2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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My late father died and when going through his belongings, we found I believe this:

Smith & Wesson Model 325 Double Action Revolver Reviews Forum and Reference Guide

along with something along the same lines of this:

Product: Smith & Wesson M&P45 - Black - Thumb Safety

There were receipts that came with them, the 325 S&W .45 ACP looks nearly identical to the one in the picture and after ammo and everything it came out to about $1300.

The S&W M&P45 was around $700 w/ ammo. As far as I can tell the handguns did not get much use.

I would not mind keeping one around for self defense. Though I don't think this is even an option in California where I currently reside, in New Hampshire where we previously lived it would not have been a problem.

However I do not know how I would go about selling these pistols or if they are even legal to own in California where we found them with his belongings, discreetly hidden.

There is also "antique" shotgun passed down from his grandfather. I don't know many details about it, would pictures help?

Would appreciate any help I could get with this matter.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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First, welcome to the forums- and condolences on the loss of your father.

I am not a Californian, and know just enough of CA gun regs to be really and truly dangerous. The CA DOJ has a listing by make and model of handguns that may leglly be sold in CA as of 1-1-2001. Click HERE: Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale - Firearms Division - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

There ARE some versions of the 325 and the M&P45 that ARE on the approved list. CA does have requirements for registration of SOME firearms- I am going to suggest you find a local gun that you can talk with- give us your zip code, and I can probably find someone close to your area.

Selling- couple of things to consider- First. so long as they are on the CA DOJ list, you can sell a handgun to another resident of your home state, OR to a licensed dealer in ANY state. There are internet firearm auction sites (,, where you can put up for auction, when sold you ship to a dealer in the buyer's home state. SHIPPPING a handgun will cost you about $70, so think about that. You can also sell to a dealer in CA (expect to get 50-60% of the Blue Book value, depending on condition, box, etc- dealer has to make a profit) Some dealers will also take a firearm to sell on consignment- they sell, keep 10-% of sale price,

Shotgun? Firearms have a different legal meaning when you use word antique. Either a muzzleloading (black powder) OR made prior to 1899. YES, we need pitchers. Can't tell a thing without pitchers.
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The CA "Roster of Guns" only applies to new guns. Your guns are fine in CA and can be sold on consignment through a gun store, or through a "private party transfer" through a gunstore.

I'm sorry for your loss.


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Rules change so I dont know if it is still available but when I gave my son a pistol he just had to send for the DOJ paperwork and send it in with no fees. We were both CA residents at the time. They mainly want the guns tracked. If your father bought them in CA the transfer should be good. However as part of an estate there may be some other procedures. A lot depends on where your father lived. Call the DOJ and explain your situation and they will tell you what is needed. Dont even think about calling the DOJ if you live in the SF area. Use Skype if you dont want your phone tracked. You might be able to find the regs on line.
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Here are some FAQ's from the Attorney Generals Office Frequently Asked Questions - Public - Bureau of Firearms - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

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