If you want to buy a used firearm, you should be aware of the different types of used guns available. There are “New In The Box” firearms and “Shooter Grade” firearms. “Shooter Grade” firearms are in good condition, while “Abused Guns” are those with extensive wear. Listed below are some of the places where you can buy used firearms. All of these places sell firearms, so it pays to know what to look for before purchasing.
It is always best to research local laws before buying used firearms, and make sure that the dealer has a valid FFL license. You will have to follow federal and local laws when purchasing a gun, and you must acquire an FFL (Firearm Transfer License) if you intend to transfer it legally. However, you do not need an FFL if you are buying an antique firearm, which was made before 1899. Always read the listing carefully, including pictures.
When looking for used firearms, remember to check for licenses and state laws. Make sure that the pawnshop is federally licensed. Otherwise, they cannot legally sell you a firearm. Always ask to see a photo ID to verify your age – pawnbrokers are not allowed to sell used firearms unless they are federally licensed. Also, be prepared to undergo a background check if you purchase a firearm from a dealer.
During an investigation by the NY City Lens, a reporter arranged to buy two rifles illegally in New York. A reporter was told where to buy an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle without a background check. After talking with the sellers over the phone and arranging meeting points, the reporter was given a list of possible locations for a gun sale. But she didn’t follow up on their communication. A few hours after setting up an account on the site, one seller agreed to sell the reporter the rifle. The reporter then told a friend to buy the rifle instead.