Private sale of firearms?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by sleeper, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. sleeper

    sleeper New Member

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    Would like to make a sale to a co-worker of a handgun. As this is my first time selling a firearm privately I just want to make sure everything is done correct. I live in TN as does the purchaser. Should I do a bill of sale? If there any required or suggested actions I should take?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Can't hurt.
     

  3. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    In consideration I hereby transfer full ownership of one rifle/handgun, model, serial # to (name of buyer) on this date ________.

    signed___________________ seller.

    signed___________________ buyer

    make sure all copies are signed by both parties and Keep one copy for your records
     
  4. G30USMC

    G30USMC Active Member Supporter

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    I always do a bill of sale........
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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  6. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    IANAL-Any CYA move is a good one...

    Follow your states' laws...

    Unless my transaction is with a family member I always have a local FFL do the paperwork and the buyer pays the transfer fee...

    Cover Your Ass!!! :cool:
     
  7. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    A bill of sale won't hurt. It is in your best interest and to protect you.

    You can always find blank examples on the web. Save/Copy and print one and both sign with the firearm description and S/N.

    Always check both seller and buyer state(s) laws before transferring firearms. I'm sure you would hate to lose any privileges over a silly mistake.
     
  8. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I always do the minimum needed in my State (VA)
    Ask the man if he is a resident of my state and check ID.

    I NEVER involve a FFL and refuse to buy a gun if the seller insists .. I see no need to have too may 4473's floating out there alerting the .gov how many firearms I have.

    And in general the less data they have the better.

    Thats why I pefer to buy and sell private party in state. (out of state always needs FFL)
     
  9. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    Why don't you check the laws in TN to see if there are any laws you're not aware of.
     
  10. sleeper

    sleeper New Member

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    I have checked the TN laws and nothing is required as long as both parties live within the state. I was more looking for suggestions and examples of possible paperwork. Thanks to those who helped me out.
     
  11. RUT

    RUT New Member Supporter

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    Same here.......
     
  12. cllowe

    cllowe New Member

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    TN requires only both parties to live in state and neither be a felon. Can't hurt to do a bill just to cover your tail.
     
  13. sleeper

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    Did the sale yesterday and a bill of sale, process was smooth and the buyer was cool with presenting a TN drivers license as proof of residence. I think we both walked away happy. Thanks for all the advice.