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6L6
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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As noted in another thread earlier ("don't put off a colonoscopy"), my Brother-in-Law passed away suddenly last week. He lived near Seattle, WA.

Turns out he has a locker in his home that contains 14 various guns and enough ammo to supply our efforts in the Middle East.

While I happen to like guns and own a couple myself, I'm nowhere near as knowledgeable about values and how to sell guns as many in the FDP. SO...

I have no interest in having any of these. And, I don't even know what guns he has. They are to become the property of an ex-wife of his, per the will. She would like to sell them off, but has zero knowledge of guns.

What's the best bet here to unload these firearms? Take them to a good gun shop and sell them there or put them on commission? She would like to unload them as simply and quickly as possible.

If a good gunstore is recommended, anyone know of a good shop around Seattle?

Many thanks for your suggestions!

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Commission at a gun shop.

Most important: make sure they are unloaded before you walk in with them. Stop in first and let them know what you have to bring in.

Ammo is a different story. This is easier to sell if you do a private sale as a firearm + ammo.

Most states require an FFL to transfer a handgun. Some states allow private owners to transfer an unregulated long gun (rifle or shotgun).

Check with your local gun store for details.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another good thing to do with ammo is to check with your local sheriff/po-leese and inquire about youth firearms programs, and donate it as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My brother lives near Everett/Granite Falls, I'll see if he has any recommendation as far as shops. He's an avid collector.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've sold a couple of rifles on Gunbroker.com some years back. Unless things have changed, an individual can legally ship a long gun (rifle, shotgun) through the U.S. Mail, but you must ship it to an FFL gun dealer. Your buyer will pick it up there and go through the background check with that dealer, etc.

Disclaimer....I'm not up on all the latest gun laws for every state, so do your own research to stay within the law. I'm just a guy on the interwebs. :)

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good advice, of course from Peegoo. Assuming the transactions would take place in CA, there may be some hoops to jump through. I'm in a similar situation, so I'll be watching this thread.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I assumed sale would take place in Washington State. Probably a lot easier than transferring to Cal.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bro recommends Skagit Arms in Burlington. Also said " Puget Sound Security in Marysville is a lock and key shop that sells guns on consignment, I've bought "several" guns from them also, good guys."

He did also add: "There is Armslist also, an online site for individuals selling firearms. I've bought "several" guns off of it. Bad thing about selling outright to gun shops or consignment is they low ball you."

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 10:58 AM, Dec 2nd, 2017)

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wasn't paying enough attention in reading the OP. Yes, WA would likely be a better place to do the business than CA.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

PeeGoo has the right answer. I buy and sell a lot of guns, always through a dealer. The commission charged by the dealer is a bargain.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys!

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Dec 2nd, 2017 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"She would like to unload them as simply and quickly as possible."

Take the bullets out.

(I guess there's a serious PSA here about making sure they aren't loaded.)

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Dec 2nd, 2017 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When my brother died I used a couple different local gun shops / dealers that I knew. Craigslist doesn't allow listing gun stuff. I have sold ammo by posting ads at my local Izaak Walton range (I'm a member).

Dadzmad

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Dec 2nd, 2017 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing you may want to check is that in many states the executor of an estate has specific privileges to transfer firearms. this may make things easier for you. Online Gunbroker is good sales venue and has worked for me to get a good price.

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