The United States has an exceptionally strong culture of firearms ownership. For example, the Swiss-based research group Small Arms Survey estimates that there are about 125 firearms in civilian hands in the USA per 100 people. While it’s impossible to say for certain how many there are, since we do not have a national gun registry, the point remains that there are several hundred million firearms in the United States. With that in mind, you might well be interested in buying a used firearm since there are so many of them in circulation.
If you’re a first-time gun buyer, you might be wondering what to expect when making your purchase. There’s a lot of misinformation about the process and it’s not as complicated as you might think! In this article, we’ll explain what an FFL dealer is and what to expect when purchasing your first firearm. We’ll also provide an overview of Virginia’s regulations for private party gun sales.