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Old 01-31-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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This might seem like a dumb question, but after my dad passed away he left me his guns. There are a few rifles and shotguns. I know how to shoot them, and I plan on keeping one or two but I don't need to hang on to all of them.

My question is, where do people sell preowned guns? And how would I even know what they are worth?


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Old 01-31-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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Gun shop or classifies section of your newspaper. Another good place would be that book of classified ads they sell at grocery/convenience stores (up here they it's called Uncle Henry's, there is one called Pennysaver; I don't know what the PA version is called).

Some gun shops will also do appraisals too.


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Thanks broadbill. Do gun shops actually buy them, or is it a consignment type situation. Are there any precautions to take when selling guns (paperwork, etc) to cover my butt in case someone buys one and does something stupid with it?

These probably seem like dumb questions, but I have no experience buying and selling these things.
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Thanks broadbill. Do gun shops actually buy them, or is it a consignment type situation. Are there any precautions to take when selling guns (paperwork, etc) to cover my butt in case someone buys one and does something stupid with it?

These probably seem like dumb questions, but I have no experience buying and selling these things.
Guns laws vary by state. I don't know about liability issues in PA.

The gun shops I know of (again different state) buy and sell, no consignment. Therefore, you will get less for it than if you sold it yourself.
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I'd recommend getting at least a couple of appraisals if you think they are old or in any way unique or collectable.

I've called Browning and Savage to describe my grandpas/dad's guns and the historian actually asked me to ship my guns to him! I'm not interested in selling them, but the one thing he said if I take them to a gunsmith or collector, never sell one without getting several value estimates.
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Long guns can be sold person-to-person in PA. Hand guns have to go through an FFL (gun shop) there is a transfer fee, I forget the exact amount but figure between (50-75) both parties have to have a background check. if either fail the guns have taken by the gun shop (some strange law) then I believe they can be transferred back.

edit +1 for Gunbroker to get a price. If you sell on gun broker they will have to go through FFL if out of state (both long guns and hand guns)

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Try Backpage - http://www.backpage.com - it's like Craig's List that allows gun sales.

Check the sporting goods category, you'll find a ton for sale there. And unless you live in a small villiage, Backpage will have a location for your city.
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Cool. All good info. Thanks guys!
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