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What is a private sale of a firearm?

In Florida, there is no registration of a firearm. So, if one individual wants to sell his or her firearm to another individual, they’re legally able to do so as long as they do their due diligence to make sure that that person can legally possess that firearm. That might sound a little confusing. Basically, if you’re going to sell your gun to somebody, you need to make sure that person can legally own that firearm. 

According to Tampa Carry, that firearm is associated with you. If you bought that firearm from a gun shop, that firearm is associated to you. It’s not registered, but the ATF knows where that firearm went by knowing it came to that gun shop. If that gun is ever found in a crime scene or something like that, the gun shop will get a phone call. The gun shop has a certain amount of time to notify the ATF of who they sold it to. Then at that point, the ATF is going to come knocking on your door and ask where the firearm is. You’re going to answer a lot of questions and it might take up a lot of time. It doesn’t mean you’re going to get in trouble now, especially if you did nothing wrong. 

Let’s say you have a firearm and you want to get rid of it.  You’re not using it anymore and you don’t like it. You want to sell to somebody? Here’s a key thing. You can go down to your local gun shop and see if they’re willing to do it for you and do a transfer. So basically, you’re just going to hand your gun over to the gun shop and they take possession of it. They can then proceed to sell it. 

This is not legal advice. 

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