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Protecting yourself during a private firearm sale?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by rjsanders81, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    So I'm just curious what everyone's thoughts are on this subject. When doing a private sale with a stranger, what steps do you take to avoid getting ripped off? Either with counterfeit bills or someone running off with with your money or gun. And making sure they're not a felon. I'm not worried about this group because we have ratings. But there are other Facebook groups where less is known about the person. Any input is appreciated.
     
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  2. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I carry. Legally. EVERY transaction. And I look at ODL/CHL before money and goods exchange hands. Bill of sale for firearms without a CHL. If you have a CHL and show it to me, I'm good with cash and carry.

    The obvious things like a public place in a well lit environment should be unmentionable.
     
  3. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    I have a chl but the guy I'm meeting tomorrow doesn't. And I'm meeting in se Portland cause he doesn't have have a car lol. Already said public place and the bill of sale.
     
  4. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Easy... don't sell on an environment that you are not comfortable with.
    Or meet them in a very public place like a sporting goods store and if they do not have
    a DL AND a CHL, don't sell to them unless you know them personally.
    As you said the rating and time in here makes it safer and easier.
    Liability is too great anymore to do otherwise.
    The only other option is run them through a dealer.............................:/\/
     
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  5. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    No car. First red flag. I ONE TIME tried to meet a guy that was "in between" cars and he made a smart decision that day. He had a fake sling on his arm and after clenching the fist on his "broken arm" when I started talking to him, he relaxed it and told me he had to go get the money from his girlfriend that was "just around the corner". Out of morbid curiosity I actually waited to see who he brought back with him. I figured I had him by 100 pounds and I knew his five or six friends weren't as tough or as fast as my 15+1 friends. He never showed and I left. It was a waste of time.
     
  6. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Meet at a police station. If he is a felon, he might bail or sweat profusely ;-)
     
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  7. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    Haha I've always thought that would be a great place.
     
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  8. LaserMan

    LaserMan Eugene, OR Active Member

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    First red flag

    Second red flag - I just don't like SE...

    Three strikes and he's out
     
  9. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    I don't mind the non chl cause I didn't have one for a while and purchased guns. But yeah the other things are a little sketchy.
     
  10. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have two trained snipers watch from about 200 yards away a trained attack dog hiding under the car in the parking lot next to where we will meet. And I always carry a pair of cocked and locked Hi cap 9mm and a short shotgun in my Duster. Some plate armor and at least my second chance undershirt.


    All kidding aside I have bought about a half dozen from various individuals off this group and two other. Meet people in various commercial parking lots and their own homes. I have not had anyone to my house but then I don't sell firearms since I don't buy anything I don't intend on keeping until I pass them on.

    I guess I'm just not paranoid enough to worry past my EDC (and the two snipers buddies and the attack dog of course)
     
  11. jmurray192

    jmurray192 wilsonville oregon Active Member

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    Every time I go on a sale never leave my trunk monkey behind

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  12. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    Yeah its not through this group, it's a Facebook private group. I'm selling and he's buying. I'm not worried too much either, just curious on pointers. The no car or chl and area made me question it a little bit.
     
  13. LaserMan

    LaserMan Eugene, OR Active Member

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    So it's $10 to run a background check - meet him at a gun shop and have them run it...
     
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  14. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    A gun shop would be great, I didn't know if they allowed private transactions. I was planning on going to keiths sporting goods directly after anyways.
     
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  15. LaserMan

    LaserMan Eugene, OR Active Member

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    Call them and explain the situation - the worst they can do is say no!
     
  16. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Plan for the worst and expect the best....listen to your spidey sense, then tell him cash plus an unopened brick of 22LR to seal the deal.

    Brutus out
     
  17. shootnscoot

    shootnscoot Wa Well-Known Member

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    As previously mentioned, buyer having no car would give me pause. Handy excuse though, "Yeah, I can't meet you outside a police station, you'll have to come where I want.."
     
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  18. rjsanders81

    rjsanders81 Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    I told him since I wasn't from the area I'd pick the public spot near him. Which was 122nd & Powell in SE. I'm not familiar with the area so I'll map it before and see if there is anywhere not not sketchy.
     
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    ROC Estacada Member

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    You can call OSP and they will run a private party background check for free. They will ask you buyer and seller names, serial #, and the current location of the firearm.
     
  20. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    that's an awesome service - how about ss# (names are not that unique and reliable) ?
     
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