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Should You Buy a Second-Hand Gun?

Nicholas Wooldridge

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Residents of Las Vegas will not be unaware of the high amount of crime that exists in this area. Statistics show that Vegas experiences about 33% more crime than the national average, and while many people have learned to live with increased safety measures that do not involve deadly weapons, others will justifiably use their 2nd Amendment rights in order to obtain a firearm for protection.

When it comes to purchasing that firearm, however, it’s vital to proceed with caution. If you aren’t knowledgeable about guns, the safest idea is to find a retail establishment that sells firearms, such as Walmart in many states as well as specialty shops. Purchasing a brand new firearm costs quite a bit of money, so many people opt to purchase a second-hand gun, whether from their local dealer or retailer or online. There are a few precautions to take if you go this route in order to protect yourself from buying a faulty product as well as to protect you legally. We’ve outlined those precautions in detail below.

Buying Second-Hand Guns: Protecting Yourself Physically and Legally

The safest way to purchase a gun is from your local licensed retailer. Whether used or new, typically shop owners will guide you in the right direction depending upon your purchasing needs and help you to choose the correct firearm for your purposes and skill level. Realistically, gun shops won’t run for long selling faulty or stolen products, but always look over the gun to ensure that there is nothing you are missing that may cause a problem. 

If you choose to buy from an individual selling a firearm, there are a few precautions that you should take to protect yourself legally. Being caught with a stolen gun, even one you didn’t know was stolen, can have huge legal consequences, so check that the ensure the serial number is intact and that the seller has the correct paperwork. 

Stolen guns are incredibly common, as felons are not legally allowed to own firearms and can be sentenced to jail time for having one. If you’re looking to ensure that your firearm purchase is safe and legal, always buy from a licensed gun dealer or retailer. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to purchasing a weapon in order to avoid any future legal entanglements.

What To Do If You Buy A Stolen Gun

The biggest risk of purchasing a firearm is not the firearm itself–it is the future legal problems you may run into because of it. Stolen guns may be common, but that does not mean that the state looks kindly upon Nevadans owning them, especially after the mass shooting that occurred in 2017. 

Gun laws have tightened in Nevada since the shooting, so it’s best to consult a lawyer if you believe you’ve purchased a stolen gun by accident. While you may not face as serious of consequences as the seller themselves would, it’s important to consult a criminal defense attorney to protect yourself just in case. Contact LV Criminal Defense, 400 S. 7th St #401, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-623-6362, www.lvcriminaldefense.com

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