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    Interesting answers so far.

    I sold only one pistol a few yrs ago w/o using a FFL. I asked to see his DL and made out a bill of sale.
    In hindsight, I would not do this again and would go thru a FFL if I ever sell again.

    Even if I personally know the individual; I still will not do it as they may sell the gun to a stranger.

    As John W in SC said, "Why take chances?"
    All my firearms have been purchased at a LGS; so if I sell, the FFL proves I no longer have that gun in my possession.

    I fully realize some law abiding people do not want a paper trail; I'm OK with their choice in that; it's just not me.

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    I seldom sell a gun/rifle, but when I do it is never thru a FFL. I do use a bill of sale and check the buyers drivers license on all face to face transactions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John W in SC View Post
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    Consider what might have happened if the first owner couldn't show when the gun left his possession.
    Nothing, unless the PD and prosecutor's office wanted to set themselves up for a lawsuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRX View Post
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    Nothing, unless the PD and prosecutor's office wanted to set themselves up for a lawsuit.
    Exactly.

    There is alot more to connecting a person to a crime than just who owned the gun.

    You have to be able to place a person at the crime scene for one. That's a tall order when the person who owned the gun at one time wasn't there.

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    I've only sold three guns in the last 5 years, and they were all private sales to people I knew. HOWEVER, in Maryland where I was living at the time, all handgun sales had to go through the state police with all the forms, NICS check, and state background check with an 8 day waiting period before the handgun could be transferred.

    Were I to sell now I'd just write up a bill of sale signed by both parties with name and address verified by visual verification of drivers license. I'd only use an FFL if a handgun was being sold to a resident of a nearby state.
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