5 Facts You Need to Know When Shopping for a Used Gun

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5 Facts You Need to Know When Shopping for a Used Gun

2 May 2017
 Categories: Recreation & Sports, Blog


If you're thinking about buying a second hand firearm, there are several things you may want to know before you get started. To keep on the right side of the law, here are some facts to guide you along the way.

1. You Can Purchase From a Private Individual

Some people erroneously believe that you can't buy guns from private sellers in Australia. Luckily, that is not the case. If someone wants to sell you a gun because they don't need it anymore, they're ready for an upgrade, their license is expiring or for any other reason, you can buy it from them.

However, there are hoops you need to jump through to make the transaction legal. In particular, you need to have a permit allowing you to purchase the gun.

2. You Need to Contact a Licensed Dealer

Even if you are buying from an individual, you still need to get in touch with a licensed dealer. That professional needs to make a note of the transaction in their books. Without that step, the sale isn't legal.

3. Serial Numbers Are Essential

All guns are registered in Australia, and if your gun doesn't have a serial number, that may be a sign that it is not legal. Always check for a serial number. If you accidentally buy a gun without a serial number, consider taking it to the police. They can let you know if you can register the gun retroactively or if you need to dispose of it.

4. Used Guns Can Lose Value

As a general rule of thumb, used guns hold their value. However, that is not true in every case. In some cases, guns wear out or they get damaged, and that diminishes their value. If you are buying a used gun, don't necessarily assume that it is worth the same price it was when new. Instead, do a bit of research and see where you can get a license.

5. You Need a License for All Purchases

Some people believe that if they buy an old or antique gun for decoration or as a collector's item they don't need a license. That is not true. In fact, you need a special license just for collecting antique guns.

A collector's license is one of several licenses including special licenses for farmers, competitive shooters and others that is offered by Australia. To ensure that you can jump on the sale when you see it, make sure you have the right licenses in place before you start shopping for a used gun.