How to Sell a Gun in Virginia

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Virginia, 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 Virginia

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

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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 Virginia and federally.

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State Laws for Selling a Gun in Virginia

Virginia's gun laws are moderately restrictive, featuring a mixture of regulations and allowances. The state requires background checks for all gun sales, enforces a "shall-issue" policy for concealed carry permits, and permits open carry without a license. Virginia has no bans on assault weapons or magazine capacity limits, but does have laws in place for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals posing a risk to themselves or others (red flag laws).

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Virginia ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

As of July 1, 2020 all firearm sales in Virginia, whether they are purchased from a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) Dealer OR from an unlicensed private-party seller, require a universal background check and thus identification is required.

Virginia Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Virginia imposes no waiting period between the time of purchase and the actual physical transfer of a firearm however it is generally unlawful for anyone to purchase more than one handgun within any 30-day period in Virginia per Va. Code Ann. § 308.2:2(R). The 30-day restriction does not apply to private sales or individuals with Virginia concealed carry permits.

Age Requirements in Virginia

Age requirements

Va. Code § 18.2-308.7 outlines the possession or transportation of certain firearms by persons under the age of 18. Generally the minimum age to purchase firearms in Virginia is 21 for handguns and 18 for rifles and shotguns.

Background Checks in Virginia

Background Checks in Private Sales

Virginia legislature has passed a number of new firearms regulations in June 2020. One of which set forth a requirement for background checks on all firearms transactions including private sales. Details of the legislation can be found in Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308.2:5

Ineligible Persons in Virginia

Ineligible Persons

Prohibited possessors are outlined in Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-308.2:1

In Virginia, it is a felony to knowingly transfer firearms to someone who is :

  • prohibited under state law
  • non-citizens of the U.S.
  • younger than 18

Virginia 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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