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What to Do with Unwanted Firearms? Three Options to Consider
Amidst the Covid-19 crisis and political unrest in the country, 2020 saw a surge in gun sales. In that single year, 23 million firearms were sold all across the U.S. Compared to the previous year, this is a 65% surge.
However, things are better now. Lockdown is lifted, and our lives are getting back to normal. The panic that engulfed all of us is now gone. So, what if you do not want those guns anymore? How can you dispose of them safely and legally?
Here are the three best ways to get rid of unwanted firearms. All these options are legal and won’t cause you any trouble.
Approach your local police station
One of the safest ways to get unwanted guns out of your home is to surrender them to the local police station. However, this service may not be available at all the police stations. Before taking your firearms to the station, contact them in advance to know the process.
In some states, police may accept a gun without asking for any identity documents. In others, you will have to do the required paperwork. Thus, you can only hand over the guns to the police that you acquired legally. Usually, police do not offer any compensation in exchange for firearms, and after they receive the gun, they destroy it following the legal procedure.
Sell them to a licensed dealer
If you do not want to give up your firearms for free, you have the option to sell them to a licensed dealer. Make sure you choose a dealer who has the proper license to sell guns and buy your weapons legally. A dealer decides the price they want to offer you based on various factors such as the condition of the firearm, its market demand, and others.
Once you negotiate a deal with the shop, you will need to provide detailed information about the gun. You will also have to provide your name, address, and contact details. Once all the paperwork is done, make sure you get a receipt and keep all the papers. Dealers obviously won’t destroy the gun but will sell them to other buyers. If someone uses the weapon to commit a crime in the future, these documents will save you hassles.
Donate it to a gun buyback program
Gun buyback programs are specially designed for those who want to get rid of their unwanted firearms. It can be a one-time event or an ongoing effort. It is convenient, easy, and straightforward. Gun buyback programs ensure anonymity and work on a principle of no questions asked. You simply need to reach the venue and hand over your guns. No one will ask for any paper works or your identity. You may also receive a small amount as a token of appreciation.
There are other gun buyback programs like Fifty50 Foreverhome, where you do not need to go anywhere. You can simply send a message to the organization, and they will guide you on how to proceed. At Fifty50 Foreverhome, we offer you the shipping cost to send us the firearms you no longer need.
Before choosing a gun buyback program, ensure that it is run by a federally licensed organization with the required training and knowledge to destroy the guns safely.
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