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    Default requirements for selling firearm

    My husband passed away many years back and I want to sell a .44 magnum Stainless revolver that he owned. I have no paperwork on it but I am certain that whatever he needed to do was completed. He was a law abiding citizen and a responsible gun owner. Should I call the state police and try to track down whatever kind of license or permit he would have purchased? It's a beautiful piece and I've kept it just for sentiment but now it's time to let it go to someone who can use and appreciate it. I don't want to violate any laws or rules of this website so I sure would value the advice of someone who knows the legalities. Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deckerfp View Post
    My husband passed away many years back and I want to sell a .44 magnum Stainless revolver that he owned. I have no paperwork on it but I am certain that whatever he needed to do was completed. He was a law abiding citizen and a responsible gun owner. Should I call the state police and try to track down whatever kind of license or permit he would have purchased? It's a beautiful piece and I've kept it just for sentiment but now it's time to let it go to someone who can use and appreciate it. I don't want to violate any laws or rules of this website so I sure would value the advice of someone who knows the legalities. Thanks so much.
    You can put it on consignment at your local gun shop or find a buyer yourself and when a buyer is found all you need to do is fill out your side of the transfer paperwork at a shop who is a Federal Firearms licensed dealer. The nearest FFL to you is King's Shooter's Supply at 346 East Church Street, King of Prussia, 610-491-9901 they can walk you through the procedure and be more specific with your needs. Talk with them.
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    Default Re: requirements for selling firearm

    Kudos for JennifeG for a great response!

    I will add that there is another option. Alderfer Auctions (http://www.alderferauction.com) in Hatfield holds firearms auctions every couple of months. You will pay a commission on the sale to them. (The percentage depends on the sale price.) I have both bought and sold in those auctions through the years and really have nothing but positives to say about Alderfers (except lately as a buyer, I see stuff frequently going for more than what I believe is retail price - good for sellers, bad for buyers.) There is of course always the unknown in a auction (good or bad) vs. a consignment.

    You should be able to get estimates on value and net payment to you from both before deciding.

    If you feel comfortable, you can also post the details and you may find offers from folks on here. My recommendation is ONLY allow a potential buyer to inspect it inside the dealer's shop and contact the dealer in advance to explain that you are bringing in a handgun for a private transfer (they do it all the time so this is nothing new) and you are meeting the buyer inside so thy can keep an eye out.

    When transporting to or from a dealer, be sure that the gun is unloaded, wrap it securely (if possible in a locked container), and place it out of sight in your trunk. If you have ammunition to sell also, put it in a separate container. Go directly between your home and the dealer without any stops or errands.
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    Default Re: requirements for selling firearm

    No need to call the police about anything, nothing good will come from it. No permits or licenses are needed in PA to purchase a firearm.

    Consignment at a local shop sounds like the best route. Good luck!

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    Default Re: requirements for selling firearm

    Quote Originally Posted by jthrelf View Post
    No need to call the police about anything, nothing good will come from it. No permits or licenses are needed in PA to purchase a firearm.

    Consignment at a local shop sounds like the best route. Good luck!
    Yep! Just don't sell it to LGS or other store which will resell the gun. They'll give you wholesale price, and tell you they're giving you a great deal.
    The difference could be significant.

    If she would provide more info on the gun, I'm sure someone here would come up with a ballpark price to ask.

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    Default Re: requirements for selling firearm

    Yes you can sell to anyone as long as its transferred at a local gun shop into the persons name you are selling it to,
    I am sure others here would assist, Question is,
    What brand is it, model and possible edition,
    IE
    3" barrel Smith and Wesson model 29-2.
    Or 6" barrel model 29-6.
    The price difference between the two seemingly same items can be substantial,
    If you choose to PM me or someone else, Its worth understanding what you have and what a fair price for it would be,
    Please feel free to reach out to one of us and ask for some assistance,
    I am sorry for your loss,
    Sincerely
    Peter B

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    Default Re: requirements for selling firearm

    Quote Originally Posted by deckerfp View Post
    My husband passed away many years back and I want to sell a .44 magnum Stainless revolver that he owned. I have no paperwork on it but I am certain that whatever he needed to do was completed. He was a law abiding citizen and a responsible gun owner. Should I call the state police and try to track down whatever kind of license or permit he would have purchased? It's a beautiful piece and I've kept it just for sentiment but now it's time to let it go to someone who can use and appreciate it. I don't want to violate any laws or rules of this website so I sure would value the advice of someone who knows the legalities. Thanks so much.
    I want to second that in PA there is no license or permit needed to own a firearm... so when you sell the gun you don't need to bring any paperwork, but you will need to bring identification(PA Drivers License or ID Card). Just bring the gun, meet the buyer and have it transferred to them at the gun dealer.

    Fyi, If you have a case, gun sock or even a bag put the gun in, do so before going into the gun dealer, they prefer this rather than just walking in with it in your hand. Oh, and make sure it's not loaded.

    Good luck with the sale,

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