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boatman 01-02-2012 01:35 AM

how to sell a gun in MA
I am not happy with my pistol, I would like to sell it, possibly on one of the auction sites. I am in Mass. Sorry for this basic question, however, can someone explain to me the requirements and steps I would need to do for this. Thanks.

jpattersonnh 01-02-2012 09:15 PM

It needs to ship to an FFL01, unless it is C&R. It must be shipped to or background check done through FFL. The Commiewealth sucks. What kind of handgun?

boatman 01-03-2012 01:35 PM

jp, thanks. don't really understand what the diff between C&R or FFL01 or just FFL is. This is a S&W9. So are you saying that I can't sell it on gun broker, or I can, it just must go thru an intermediary?

c3shooter 01-03-2012 01:53 PM

Boatman- there are several different FFLs. For modern firearms, they need to be shipped TO an 01 FFL (Dealer or an 02 FFL (Pawn shop w. gun license) an 03 FFL is a collector's FFL- not valid for a modern gun.

Yes, bless your heart, you CAN sell of gunbroker or auctionarms. But when it is purchased, the buyer needs to send you the name, address, and license number of HIS FFL he wants you to ship the gun to.

Now, it is not required that you ship a gun FROM a FFL (except pistols going into NY State must come from a FFL to a FFL) HOWEVER- the cost of shipping a modern handgun will make you weep. You may want to find a dealer that you can pay to ship for you- THEY can use US Mail- you cannot. If you ship yourself, must be UPS or FedEx Next day Air- and will cost you about $75.

You can also check and see if there is a local dealer that will sell your gun on consignment for you.

boatman 01-04-2012 01:34 PM

appreciate this info. Does it have to fedex/ups next day, or can it be 2nd or 3d day service. My company has excellent rates, I don't know if shipping a gun requires a special rate or just by wt, 3d day ups for the weight of my pistol would be about $15.

If not, I don't see how I wouldn't take a beating. I have a S&W 9, not that happy with it, would like a sig. If I gave it to the dealer I got it from to sell, I don't see how it wouldn't cost me at least $75 for him to make a profit anyway.

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