Private gun sale in Texas? Requirements?

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by OldEagle, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. OldEagle

    OldEagle New Member

    Jun 30, 2010
    A friend of mine in Texas is talking to someone who has a handgun for sale. She (buyer) is a registered nurse. The seller just wants to meet--exchange gun for money--and move on. Co-workers have told my friend that this is illegal in Texas and she could lose her license for doing a deal like this.

    Is this true? Where I live, private parties can just sell or buy guns from individuals. Bills of sale are probably a good idea, but not required.
  2. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    I don't know for sure, but that sort of transaction isn't illegal here in MN. Someone from TX will be able to enlighten us.

    Welcome to TFF.

  3. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Not illegal here either.

    I'd suggest she cover ALL here bases.

    I sold a handgun many years ago to a complete stranger. I had him sign a bill of sale, and required to see his drivers license. Everything was recorded.
    One copy for him, and one for me.

    Check your local/state laws. Seems silly to lose a nurses license for selling a firearm.:rolleyes:
  4. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I was going to buy one from a friend of mine, but I decided on a different caliber.

    Do the ownership transfer paperwork and she should be good to go. Make sure it wasn't used in a robbery or something.

    If she's really paranoid, have her ask a Stater, I utilize them for quick answers. A Ranger office would know too.
  5. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico

    Yes it's perfectly legal to buy or sell any handgun or long gun person-to-person UNLESS the seller has a reason to believe the buyer might not be legally qualified to purchase and possess that firearm. No identification is required, and most folks here won't go through with a deal where a seller wants a copy of your driver's license. I know I wouldn't. If they want to see a CHL I would probably show it but nobody needs to be walking around with my DL information in their possession.

    And just why would she lose her nursing license? Her friends probably think guns have to be "registered" here too. Too damn many "furriners" (anybody not born in Texas and having a 5 generation Texas lineage) moving in here. :rolleyes:
  6. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    It seems like a lot of people don't understand the rules, but it's kind of laughable about the nursing license. I'm sure if she committed a felony that license would be questioned, but it has zippo to do with firearms possession.
  7. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    here in kentucky you can sell a gun to anyone that walks by. no ID required.

    i would not sell a gun to a person that insisted i do a transfer. it's an insult to me if it's a friend, and an annoyance if a stranger
  8. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    John, friends are friends, but bidness is bidness.

    It's not meant as an's prudent. :)
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Ownership transfer paperwork? You mean go through a dealer and do a 4473, or has Texas got some weirdness I've never heard of?
  10. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    If you pay a fair price, and have no suspisions of the gun, or person, selling/buying the gun, then it's legal here in TX, and in LA as well. A truck driver offered me a Mac 10 for $150 once, I politely refused, and called 911 when out of sight. I would have loved to have that gun for the price, but something wasn't right here, and I knew it.
  11. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    Any info on how to do this?

  12. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I'm reading...I might be thinking something more like a "Bill of Sale".

    Creeping Death...I would start with not purchasing it from "some guy". :D
  13. wyoredot

    wyoredot New Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    why not have the serial no. run thru your local sheriff dept. datatbase? You don't have to reveal who has what.....
  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    There ya go! Run the SR#, if it comes back clean, make the deal happen. However, I would never buy a gun form anyone other that a licensed dealer if that gun was one that I carried every day. To much at stake! My carry peice will be legal all the way!
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  15. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I'm sorry, I think it was the bill of sale I was talking about. Good news's in my maiden name :)

    I do know that metalguy is right where it is the burden of the seller to make sure they are not buying to ineligible individuals.

    I wouldn't buy from anyone I didn't know and trust though.
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