How to Sell a Gun in Ohio

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Ohio, 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 Ohio

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

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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 Ohio and federally.

We have purchased more than 150 firearms from residents of the state of Ohio since beginning operations in 2021.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in Ohio

Ohio does not require a license to own a firearm or a concealed carry license to carry a concealed handgun. Open carry is permitted except in locations where the possession of firearms is prohibited by law. For more information on legislation around carrying firearms see Ohio Revised Code, Title 29 Crimes-Procedure, Section 2923.12

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Ohio ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

In Ohio, private sellers are not required to conduct universal background checks or retain any records for the sale, however identification is recommended if you wish to maintain a record of the transaction.

Ohio Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Ohio does not require a waiting period to purchase a firearm.

Age Requirements in Ohio

Age requirements

In Ohio, Ohio Revised Code § 2923.21 outlines what constitutes improperly furnishing firearms to minors. Ohio generally prohibits selling or furnishing a firearm to a person under age 18, or a handgun to a person under age 21.

Background Checks in Ohio

Background Checks in Private Sales

Per Ohio Revised Code § 2923.20, Ohio only requires background checks for guns purchased from federally licensed dealers. If you buy from a private seller or unlicensed dealership, you are not required to have a background check.

Ineligible Persons in Ohio

Ineligible Persons

Generally the following people may not own or possess a firearm in Ohio:

  • A fugitive from justice
  • A person who is under indictment for or has been convicted of any violent felony offense or has been adjudicated a delinquent child for an offense that would have been a violent felony offense if committed by an adult
  • A person who is under indictment for or has been convicted of any felony drug offense or has been adjudicated a delinquent child for a drug offense that would have been a felony if committed by an adult
  • A person who is drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic
  • person who is under adjudication of mental incompetence has been adjudicated as a mental defective, has been committed to a mental institution, has been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to a court order, or is an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation

Ohio 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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Selling Your Gun — Our Process

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!

Sell Your Handgun Step 1
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.
Sell Your Handgun Step 2
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.
Sell Your Handgun Step 3
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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