Austin Gun Show - Private Sale Legal?

Discussion in 'Other Areas' started by PTR, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. PTR

    PTR New Member

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    I have a few firearms that I need to sell privately and was thinking of selling them at a gun show as that worked well for me previously in TN.
    I am aware of the need for a receipt/paper trail and act with due diligence when selling my items privately, but as I recently moved here to TX I am not yet aware if it is ok to sell at shows legally as a private individual, and/or is it bad etiquette that may get me thrown out. Both were fine in TN but as I tell myself everyday this isn't TN, thankfully.

    So, can I take a couple of rifles and a handgun and walk about the show and expect any bites?

    Or should I advertise them on here or in the paper?

    Sorry for such a basic question but there are sufficient differences between the two states that I don't want to make a mistake.

    Thanks.

    Oh, the firearms in question are a PS90, Glock 34 and a 10/22, if that has any bearing on matters.

    If appropriate I will be posting them in the 'for sale' section here soon enough.

    Thanks, Pete.
     


  2. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

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    Private sales at gun shows are fine. They give the politicians ammo to holler about non-existent "gun show loop holes" to get anti's votes. :happy0001:
     
  3. PTR

    PTR New Member

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    Thanks, I thought as much but didn't want to show up and find out the hard way.
     
  4. nalioth

    nalioth Active Member

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    Private sales in Texas are fine, providing you don't knowingly sell to a restricted person (felon, non-resident-in-certain-cases, etc). If the prospective buyer tells you they're not restricted when you ask, you've done your part as far as the law is concerned.
     
  5. Texan2

    Texan2 TGT Addict

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    "I am aware of the need for a receipt/paper trail..."

    There is no need for a paper trail when you sell FTF
     
  6. PTR

    PTR New Member

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    Well for my own peace of mind I have always made note of the model/make/serial number and asked to copy the buyer's DL number. Just in case somewhere down the line they had the gun stolen and used in a crime and it was traced back to me as the last known owner.

    Then I at least have something to show that it was no longer my firearm. Maybe not legally binding but I've seen enough people do this to adopt it myself.
     
  7. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    I do the same PTR... at bare minimum you should have a bill of sale with both signatures.
     
  8. Texan2

    Texan2 TGT Addict

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    Since you are new to Texas, I was just making sure you knew it was not required here.

    I have let people see my DL to prove I am who I say I am, and write down my name and address.....but giving them a copy of your DL number is inviting some identity theft. I have worked numerous cases in which this has happened because someone had the DL number printed on their checks.

    Identity theft is huge....beyond what anyone can imagine....especially in border states.
     
  9. metalbot

    metalbot New Member

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    PTR - I'm always looking for inexpensive 10/22's to use as loaners for Appleseed shoots. I don't have enough posts to PM you. Can you PM me?
     
  10. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    Metalbot, you might also consider the Mossberg Plinkster (it's a .22lr of course). I don't know what kind of quality they are but Academy just had a sale and they were only $99 a piece. ;) Regular price was still only $109-119 I think.
     

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