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Laws for selling privately

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Pdub, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Pdub

    Pdub 97070 Member

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    I'm currently selling a pistol. I got an inquiry from a kid who says he's 18. He said he's interested, but wanted me to know he's 18 and asked "do you feel comfortable selling to me?" Is 18 a legal age to buy a pistol private party? Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes 18 is legal for private sales, just verify age and as usual verify able to own firearm legally.
     
  3. Pdub

    Pdub 97070 Member

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    Good to know! Appreciate the response.
     
  4. DSAPT9

    DSAPT9 North Idaho Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I am not sure of your state law but federal law you need to be 21 to buy a hand gun and 18 for a long gun.

    So if he is 18 I would not sell him it.

    Just my opinion.
     
  5. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    That is thru a dealer/ffl not private sales.
     
  6. Jeedia

    Jeedia Tacoma, WA Member

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    In most states you must be 21 to buy or even own a pistol regardless of where you get it.
     
  7. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    I'm not a lawyer, so do your own research. An FFL is bared from selling a handgun to anyone under the age of 21. For a person to person, yes 18 and over is legal.

    Though, I would make damn sure this person is 18 or older. I don't know if I would even sell to someone who was so young, if I didn't personally know them and could vouch for their character.

    But that is personal preference.
     
  8. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I bought a lot of handguns when I was under 21. I would go for it as long as the kid seems like a good guy.
     
  9. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    WRONG! you must be 21 to purchase from a FFL. Says nothing about purchasing from a private party.

    OR, WA, and ID all allow private sale without the use of an FFL...you only need to be 18 to purchase a pistol from a private party.

    And you are from Idaho???? where under certain circomstances an 18 tear old can even legally obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon?
     
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  10. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    WRONG! where do you guys get these ideas,,, from back east, like NY, NJ, MA MD and CT? There are very few states that restrict purchase and posession of a pistol to 21 and over. Go to Handgunlaw.us and read the laws.

    There are very few states that will issue a concealed permit to someone under 21 (ID is one that will, MT is another0 but it is federal law that a LICENSED DEALER (FFL) cannot sell a pistol to someone under 21. The individual states (and most of them do) are the ones that allow or disallow POSSESSION by someone under 18.

    When you read the laws...remember...a JUVENILE is someone under 18....NOT someone under 21.
     
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  11. mud

    mud brush prairie, wa Member

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    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.Unless I knew the kid knew he was versed in firearms and mature enough to own it I wouldn't feel right.Sorry just me but unless your in the service I don't trust you with guns or voting till 25 or up.I got a 410 bollt action at 8. I had a full time job, a GED at 15. married and a baby at 20. now I'm 30 still with my lovely wife after 3 kids and 11 years, I'm not sayin there aint a lot of young men that would be just fine but I couldn't bear to have something happen
     
  12. greedy bastards

    greedy bastards Multnomah Village New Member

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    I'd ask his father as a character reference.
     
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  13. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yea your right an 18 year old can't possibly be responsible enough for a hand gun!!!!

    What on earth is the US MILITARY THINKING?????


    You guys crack me up.
     
  14. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Best post of the day!!!!!
     
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  15. mud

    mud brush prairie, wa Member

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    Didn't say that said a lot of em are not.The service trains em teaches them do's and don'ts you want to spend 90 days 24 hours a day molding some kid at the end by all means give him a gun.There are 10 year olds can handle firearms just fine but just some random kid knows about gun cause he plays grand theft auto 16 hours a day gonna show all his friends tonight when they drink the gin his brother got them?You ok with it go for it
     
  16. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes but we are talking a legal question here and the legal answer is in the PNW an 18 year old not otherwise prevented from owning a firearm can legally buy (from a private party) and OWN a handgun. They can open carry the handgun anywhere anyone else (unless that is only allowed if the person also possesses a Concealed Handgun License) can legally carry. And if they follow the law they can carry concealed while hunting and fishing in Oregon (see the regs and various laws for details)
     
  17. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    The relivant laws are:

    RCW 9.41.040(2)(a)(iii)

    iii) If the person is under eighteen years of age, except as provided in RCW 9.41.042; and/or


    ORS 166.470(1)(a)

    (a) Is under 18 years of age

    As you can see, in both OR and WA the answer is 18 years old to purchase a pistol...look up the law, I gave it to you. BTW, the same goes ID and NV
     
  18. mud

    mud brush prairie, wa Member

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    My mistake I miss read OP.The part about " are you comfortable with" mistook it for a two part question opinion withdrawn. . . (those extra periods are for the one I missed earlier salt)
     
  19. Xandra

    Xandra Portland New Member

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    18 is legal for private sales. 18 is not legal for FFL sales. All firearms sold across state lines have to go through an FFL on the buyr's side of the state line.
     
  20. Pdub

    Pdub 97070 Member

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    I didn't want to take any chances, so I decided against selling it to him. Thanks for everyones input.