How to Sell a Gun in Minnesota

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Minnesota, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in Minnesota

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of Minnesota.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of Minnesota and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in Minnesota

Minnesota Firearms Laws describe Minnesota laws that regulate the possession or use of firearms or provide penalties for criminal acts involving firearms.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension maintains a useful selection of firearms resources.

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Minnesota ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

In Minnesota, a Private Party Transfer Form is required when transferring a pistol or semi-automatic military-style assault weapon between two private parties without a federal firearms dealer.

Both parties must retain a copy of the record of transfer and any attachments to the record of transfer for 10 years from date of transfer.

Minnesota Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. § 624.7132) mandates a 30-day waiting period for the acquisition of handguns and military-style assault weapons. However, this waiting period can be reduced or waived by the police chief or sheriff if the applicant is deemed eligible before the 30-day period concludes, or if there's an urgent threat to the safety of the applicant or their family.

Age Requirements in Minnesota

Age requirements

In Minnesota, individuals under 18 are generally prohibited from possessing ammunition, handguns, and semi-automatic military-style assault weapons, except when directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Background Checks in Minnesota

Background Checks in Private Sales

In Minnesota, private firearms sales between unlicensed individuals require either a valid permit to carry or a permit to purchase, specifically for handguns. To obtain a Permit to Purchase, applicants must submit a written application to the local chief of police or county sheriff, including personal identification details. A background check is conducted prior to approval. The Permit to Purchase is valid for one year and allows for multiple handgun purchases.

Ineligible Persons in Minnesota

Ineligible Persons

Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. § 624.713) coveres ineligible persons not be entitled to possess ammunition or a pistol or semi-automatic military-style assault weapons.

Minnesota Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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The first step is to create an account.

From there you can individually submit the firearms in your collection. This process includes answering a few short questions about each firearm in your collection and uploading a couple photos. We will send you an official offer on your firearms within 24 business hours. You will then have two weeks to decide if our offers are right for you! If you accept our offers, will provide you with a series of pre-paid shipping labels, which you can use to ship us your gun collection. Once received, we will notify you that you're ready for payment. We will then send you a paper check or ACH direct deposit (your choice). The entire process can take about a week from start to finish. Imagine having your entire collection sold and cash in hand in a week!

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Tell Us About Your Gun
Fill out a short form and upload a few photos to help us identify your firearms and their condition. We will be in touch with you throughout the entire process.
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We Verify the Make & Models of All Firearms
We review your information and images to assess the condition of your firearms and determine a fair market value.
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We Make You an Offer
We will present you with an offer for sale. If you accept the offer, we will provide you with a shipping label and we pay for shipping!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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