Originally Posted By oregon-shooter:
I wouldn't touch it if they did. Might be construed as a straw man purchase.
Can anyone confirm how this is done?
I'm assuming the FFL would "consign" the gun for the seller, checking it into his book then the buyer would buy it from the FFL who checks it out of his book and gives it to the out of stater (rifle/shotgun) and then take a consignment fee to cover the BG check and troubles.
Can't see anything illegal about it, just feels "hinky" to me.
The owner sells it to someone else through a dealer, the buyer fills out a 4477 and does a background check. Would the FFL be the strawman by legally selling a firearm in compliance with the law?
Think about it this way - it is just like the seller sent it to the dealer via UPS, then the buyer came and picked it up. But it all happens at the same time and it saves everyone some shipping costs.
I purchased a rifle from a guy like that at a gun show at the expo. We tried to do it with one of the blue forms - the quasi-4477 do it yourself form for private party transfers at gun shows (right after they closed that evil gun show loophole). The clerk at OSP laughed at us when the seller started reading her his Washingon DL. He neglected to mention that he was from Washington until then . So we went back inside, found a dealer to do the transfer and made it all nice and legal that way instead.
So yeah - it goes into the FFL book, and right back out. Buyer pays the BG fee plus whatever they settle on with the FFL. I think we found a guy to do it for $20. Easy Peasy.