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Any suggestions for FTF transaction locations?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Gendaito, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Gendaito

    Gendaito PDX Member

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    Given the amount of FTF transactions taking place here, tell us some good suggestions for meeting places. I prefer gun clubs/ranges such as Tri-County in Sherwood, but there aren't that many of them.

    The ideal location would be public, well-lit, have enough space so that the firearms could be inspected easily, and not attract a lot of scared bystanders who would call the police. I know that FTF deals take place in the trunk of a car in a McDonald's parking lot sometimes, but that's hardly ideal.

    Any thoughts? Specific locations would great.
     
  2. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    I like Fishermans in Oregon City. They deal in guns, sporting goods and such, so people there are used to seeing guns at least. Never had an issue there.
     
  3. Gendaito

    Gendaito PDX Member

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    In the parking lot, or in the store? Probably in the parking lot, huh?
     
  4. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    Yes, parking lot.
     
  5. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Costco. :D
     
  6. JAFO

    JAFO OR, USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I don't advise making gun deals in the lot of an FFL holder like Fisherman's. Firearms transactions at their place of business are supposed to take place in their place of business and on the books. Nothing would likely happen but I guarantee if you ask them they will not want you doing it.

    Home depot has large well lit lots. Safeway, Albertson's, etc. have large well lit lots. If you go toward the end of the lot then you won't likely cause much excitement but don't go fretting about doing something perfectly legal.
     
  7. Torqk911

    Torqk911 Yacolt,Wa Member

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    I prefer any location that has cameras watching the parking lot, a house, or something that presents that this guy is legit and the gun I am getting is not hot.
     
  8. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Home Depot parking lot.

    Lots of lights in the lot, most every guy knows where the home depots are around here.
     
  9. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    I hear what you are saying but i do not think is not 'their' parking lot. It is a large mall, they are just one of the businesses there. My point is just that is a pretty friendly place to do it because people are more used to seeing guns around there, especially the shoppers going in and out of Fisherman's, than they are at a normal department store parking lot. When i have done it there, the people walking by usually see our guns right out in the open and don't think anything of it. I can't say that in most other places. But, hey what do i know.... maybe I have just been lucky?:cool:
     
  10. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    Almost did a private transaction once in the parking lot of Wades (local gunshop and range) both the seller and I thought it would make a great place to meet FTF, well while inspecting the gun 3 store employees came out of the store and informed us that what we were doing was illegal and started throwin those four letters around ( B,A,T, and F). well needless to say we left pretty quick. Felt like a complete idiot for doing this and did end up learning a pretty good lesson. Don't do a private sale in or around a licensed FFL ( unless your transferring the weapon)
     
  11. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    I stick with Fred Meyer, Bi Mart, Home Depot and other similar establishments.
    I have traded at TCGC one time too.
     
  12. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Sheriff Office parking lot.

    Lake Oswego Police Department parking lot.

    Any PD parking lot.
     
  13. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    Are those your suggestions for us? I'm assuming that you are not permitted to buy privately FTF due to your FFL right?
     
  14. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I can buy privately. I don't lose any FTF rights by having an FFL. It could look funny to the ATF if I did it a lot though. (that is for another thread)

    The suggestions were for you guys though. Just an idea.
     
  15. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    I didn't know that. I assumed because of the FFL you would be required to legally transfer all weapons you bought to yourself. Good to know though. Thanks!
     
  16. jkraig

    jkraig West Linn, Oregon New Member

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    Fred Meyers, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, K-Mart.....you get the idea. We have always sat in my car and inspected the guns. To be honest, I don't do a full inspection like I was buying from the dealer, and I deal with people on the site I trust. Usually pictures and the sellers word are enough for me, + a quick look before the money changes hands.
     
  17. Bello425

    Bello425 Vancouver Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    +1
     
  18. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with inside your bank? They have lots of places to sit undisturbed, lots of security, and they're certainly polite to their customers. The only precaution that I'd take would be to field-strip it before taking it out of the shopping bag or whatever, so that I could look at each piece carefully without waving around a gun. I couldn't imagine buying a used weapon without at least checking to see that the numbers match.
     
  19. Gendaito

    Gendaito PDX Member

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    this is a joke, right?
     
  20. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Already been said.. parking lots with a lot of visibility.

    Recommend you do not go there thinking you are doing something wrong or sneaky. Your thoughts turn into sub conscious actions and you will physically display like you are hiding something like a drug dealer. Go there like this is an every day occurrence and you are exercising your God given right.

    Don't flash it around the parking lot sighting in on light posts, that could draw some unwanted attention and do wear a smile, dress decent, comb your hair and brush your teeth.

    SF-