If you’re wondering how to pawn a gun, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to do it safely and to learn what expectations you should have about the process.
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At PawnGuru, we help facilitate tens of thousands of smooth gun transactions yearly between pawn shops and pawners. From experience, we can confidently say pawn shops are a great place to sell your gun. There are many pawn shops that specialize in firearms and ammunition, and others that carry a little bit of everything — some of them including guns. In other words, it’s pretty common for people to pawn guns.
Read on to learn best practices for how to pawn a gun so that you feel equipped with the knowledge you need when you walk into a pawn shop.
How to Pawn a Gun Safely
This is a vital question to ask before bringing your gun into a pawn shop. Here are our recommendations for how to pawn a gun safely:
- Make sure the pawn shop has a license for buying and selling firearms
- Unload your gun before you bring it in — make sure not only the magazine is empty, but that the barrel is too
- Bring your gun in a locked case
- Bring whatever paperwork your state requires – licensing and registration laws vary by state
Tips for Pawning a Gun
- Clean your gun— a clean gun helps to give the impression that you have taken care of your gun, which hopefully you have!
- Bring the manual and original case that came with your gun
- Try to familiarize yourself with any wear and tear on your gun before bringing it in
How do I Pawn a Gun?
Here is the easiest and most time-efficient way to pawn your gun for the most amount possible:
- List your gun on PawnGuru (it’s free)
- Receive prompt offers from local pawn shops
- Compare the offers and accept the highest bid
- Visit the pawn shop
- Get your appraisal
- Hand your gun to the pawn shop in exchange for a cash loan
- Pay your loan back by the agreed-upon date to receive your gun back
We can’t stress enough how important gun safety is in this process. As a reminder, ensure there isn’t a bullet in the chamber (barrel) and that the magazine isn’t loaded when you go to release the slide lock. Otherwise, you just loaded another round.