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Old 12-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Wasn't really sure where to post this.

I'm thinking of selling one of my handguns to a buddy that lives here in the same city as me. Will he have to pay a transfer fee? I figure he would but wasn't sure.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Not if private sales are legal in your state-
I strongly suggest you both have signed receipts & you have his DL number!

OK, you're in Texas- no transfer at FFL needed

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I strongly suggest you both have signed receipts & you have his DL number!
OK, you're in Texas- no transfer at FFL needed
This guy is like family to me so I'm not really concerned with getting his DL#. I do have a Firearm Bill of Sale that we will both fill out and have copies of.
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Texas does not require that a sale to a resident of the same state go thru a FFL. Some states do.

So long as you do not have reason to believe he cannot own a gun legally, you can.

Some folks will suggest you do so anyway. Me, I'd write up a bill of sale, make, model, serial number, your names. 2 copies. Both sign, each keeps a copy.

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This guy is like family to me so I'm not really concerned with getting his DL#. I do have a Firearm Bill of Sale that we will both fill out and have copies of.
FYI- I sold a handgun to a very good friend & he later sold it to a "guy" that commited a homicide with it---
Cover your azz
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FYI- I sold a handgun to a very good friend & he later sold it to a "guy" that commited a homicide with it---
Cover your azz
Or it could be stolen from friend or friends house.

Another good reason to have not just bill of sale but FFL transfer. It's only like $10 for Christ's sake. Don't be a cheapskate, get the official transfer and register it. This way if it's stolen from your friends home is covered under his insurance and filing police report doesn't become a major hassle. Just my thought.
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This guy is like family to me so I'm not really concerned with getting his DL#. I do have a Firearm Bill of Sale that we will both fill out and have copies of.
Yes you are. Trust me. Getting his DL# is a positive manner of identification that is much harder to deny than a name. If he gets his butt in a crack he is liable to throw you under the bus. Protect yourself. Get the DL number.
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Or it could be stolen from friend or friends house.

Another good reason to have not just bill of sale but FFL transfer. It's only like $10 for Christ's sake. Don't be a cheapskate, get the official transfer and register it. This way if it's stolen from your friends home is covered under his insurance and filing police report doesn't become a major hassle. Just my thought.
Yea, not everywhere. Around here FFL's are charging $50-75 to do a transfer. The cheapest I have found is $35.
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Simple enough, just ship it to an FFL in his area and let him deal with the transfer fees at that point. Even if it costs $10 or $50 in this age we are living in, you're best off to have a paper trail IMO. I don't know how the rest of the forum will take that comment, but at least it's how I feel.

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O. It's only like $10 for Christ's sake. .
Here its 40 dollars each way.
And then hassle of going to FFls.
When its not required I wont do it.
Just take a pic of his DL and keep it.
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