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How to Sell a Gun in Arizona

Arizona residents are allowed the freedom to obtain, own and sell firearms. Generally, Arizona laws default to or are similar with federal laws regulating the selling and purchase of firearms. If you wish to sell a firearm you legally own in Arizona, you should be familiar with state and federal guidelines to ensure compliance with the law.

Arizona law states in Title 44, Trade and Commerce Chapter 36, Private Firearm Transactions Article 1, in the general provisions: “This state or any political subdivision of this state may not enact or implement any additional fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between two private parties who are not prohibited possessors under state or federal law.”

Who Can Purchase a Gun in Arizona?

Any person 18 years old or older may legally purchase rifles, shotguns, and ammunition. Persons 21 years old and older may legally purchase handguns. Arizona does not require firearms you purchase to be registered with the state and you do not need a permit to own or purchase a firearm.

Arizona law and federal law prohibits the following disqualified persons from purchasing a firearm:

  • Convicted felons or those convicted of misdemeanor crimes where the crime has a maximum imprisonment term exceeding 1 year (even if the potential buyer did not receive actual imprisonment exceeding 1 year)
  • Anyone with outstanding warrants
  • Anyone on felony pre-trial release
  • Anyone charged with misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence restraining/stalking/protection orders, mental health adjudication or commitment
  • Anyone charged with unlawful use of or addicted to a controlled substance (including marijuana)
  • Anyone who received a dishonorable discharge from the armed forces
  • Anyone who has renounced U.S. citizenship
  • Illegal aliens

It is in your best interests to ask for identification and some information about anyone seeking to obtain a firearm from you in a private sale. Be advised that potential buyers are not required to provide any information in a private sale. If you are unsure about selling the firearm yourself, you can always sell it to a licensed firearm dealer. Dealers are required to perform state background checks on anyone attempting to purchase a firearm.

What Type of Guns Can I Sell in Arizona?

Firearm owners may sell any type of gun in Arizona that may be legally owned. This includes:

  • Shotguns
  • Rifles
  • Handguns
  • Antique guns

Under the Firearms Owners Protection Act, as amended in 1986 by the Hughes Amendment, fully automatic weapons (machine guns) can no longer be added to the NFA registry and legally owned. However, any fully automatic firearms that were manufactured and owned before May 19, 1986, can still be owned and transferred through legal sales to other private persons who are fully compliant with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Legal Arizona Gun Sales

As with any transaction, you should provide the buyer with a legal firearms bill of sale containing the following information. We advise keeping a copy for your own personal records.

  • Date of Sale
  • Sale Price
  • Sale Location
  • Firearm Details
  • Buyer’s Name
  • Buyer’s Mailing Address & Phone
  • Seller’s Name
  • Seller’s Mailing Address & Phone
  • Any Terms & Conditions

If you have any questions regarding the best way to sell a gun in Arizona, call or come by C2 Tactical in Scottsdale or Tempe and speak with a team member. We are happy to help and provide any assistance we can.

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