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How to Pawn a Gun

Guns & Firearms

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:

  1. List your gun on PawnGuru (it’s free)
  2. Receive prompt offers from local pawn shops
  3. Compare the offers and accept the highest bid
  4. Visit the pawn shop
  5. Get your appraisal
  6. Hand your gun to the pawn shop in exchange for a cash loan
  7. 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.

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David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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