Buyer Appraiser of Firearms Gun Maine Guns Wanted Fee Appraisals

Buyer Appraiser of Firearms Gun Maine Guns Wanted Fee Appraisals

Free firearm and militaria appraisals in the state of Maine.

I will research what you have by using a library of books, online searches, current prices guides, recent ended online auctions, and 30+ years of experience. The market is always changing and sometimes even the current blue books are low and sometimes they are high. As collector as well so I know what my customers will pay for firearms. If there is something I am not familier with I will take the time to research the firearm or collectable and contact other experts to help if needed. I will give you a an honest value. Appraisals are a great asset when it comes to insurance coverage. Also you might be hunting, carrying, or storing (in less than acceptable conditions) a gun that is worth a lot more than you think. Wear and rust can case of firearm to decrease in value by a lot.

I can help you with complete estate collections. I have a broad knowlege of antiques, collectables, and firearms. I collect antique, vintage, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam war firearms and military collectables. Also I have a large collection of antiques such as vintage and antique hunting & fishing items, signage, gas and oil, metal toys and more. I can give you estimated values on those items as well. I have helped several customers over the years with estate collections. Some have no one to help them, feeling overwhelmed with the passing of a loved one, did not trust the people coming out of the woodwork to buy guns from an estate, or did not have the knowledge to reseach themselves.

If you are in the Bangor area and have a collection bring it to my shop during normal business hours. 

Monday: * Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : NOON - 5:30pm
* Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th * : NOON - 5:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: * Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday:
* Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th * : 9:00am - 5:00pm

* Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : 8:00am - 2:00pm Hint: 11am on can be very busy so come early
* Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th* : 8:00am - NOON Hint: 11am on can be very busy so come early

Sunday: CLOSED

Appointment may be necessary depending on the amount of firearms you have. If you have 20 firearms of less usually I can work you in during normal business hours without an appointment. I am available to look at large collections before or after hours Monday-Saturday or on a Sunday. I will travel within Maine to look at your collection. Because I have a family it can be difficult for me to travel while school is in session during the week. My children go to a private Christian school with no buses. Your information will be kept private and confidential.

We do not offer appraisals, trade value, or estimates of purchase price via email, Facebook, or phone. Beware of those that will. Sometimes they tell you a higher number just to get you in the door then they tell you it is not what they thought or the condition isn't as good as you described and offer you a much lower value.

We purchase firearms and collectables as well. See the Buy, Sell, and Trade page by clicking here.
Aslo see our new Maine Gun Buyer Page:

Fred E. Emerson III
CALL: 207-848-4995

Maine Firearm Appraisals. Appraiser of guns.

Why sell to a dealer?

We have an increased amount ATF firearm traces due to firearms being sold private party. The crimes are very rarely committed by the person that purchased the firearm new or used and completed a 4473 and background check. It is when these firearms are sold private party without a background check.  Often these firearms are purchased by straw purchasers. Straw purchasers (this happens to dealers as well) are buying for someone that is not legally able to purchase the firearm themselves through a dealer or if you saw the actual person buying the firearm you may have second thoughts. They may have the profile of a gang member or drug dealer. I have heard stories of someone selling a gun to an innocent looking man or woman and after the sale is complete the firearm is handed over to someone else less than innocent looking and they stuff the gun down their pants and take off. Most of the firearms involved in crimes are handguns but some long guns are used. For 2017 the amount of Maine ATF traces per firearm type are as follows: Pistols - 188, Rifles - 94, Shotguns - 55, Revolvers - 42, Comb - 3, Derringers - 3, Other - 2. If you sell private party you do have an option to conduct a FFL Transfer through a dealer. The person making the purchase will have to fill out a 4473 and go through a background check. FFL transfer fees are typically 20-25 dollars per firearm. I personally do not sell any firearms private party.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Tracing Center (NTC) is the United States’ only crime gun tracing facility. The NTC’s mission is to conduct firearms tracing to provide investigative leads for federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Firearm tracing provides critical information to assist domestic and international law enforcement agencies investigate and solve firearms crimes; detect firearms trafficking; and track the intrastate, interstate and international movement of crime guns.
The NTC is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, approximately 90 miles from Washington, D.C. Pursuant to the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968, the U.S. Attorney General is authorized to administer firearms tracing. The Attorney General has designated ATF the sole federal agency authorized to trace firearms. The NTC is only authorized to trace a firearm for a law enforcement agency involved in a bona fide criminal investigation. The firearm must have been used, or suspected to have been used, in a crime. Crime gun trace data is essential to law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime and firearms trafficking.
The NTC processed more than 440,000 trace requests in fiscal year 2018. The goal of the NTC is to complete traces classified as “Urgent” in less than 24 hours. Traces classified as “Routine” are completed within nine days on average. The law enforcement agency submitting the trace request determines the trace classification.
Firearms tracing begins when a law enforcement agency discovers a firearm at a crime scene and seeks to learn the origin or background of that firearm in order to develop investigative leads. Tracing is a systematic process of tracking the movement of a firearm from its manufacture or from its introduction into U.S. commerce by the importer through the distribution chain ( wholesalers and retailers), to identify an unlicensed purchaser. That information can help to link a suspect to a firearm in a criminal investigation and identify potential traffickers. Firearms tracing can detect in-state, interstate and international patterns in the sources and types of crime guns. ATF processes crime gun trace requests for thousands of domestic and international law enforcement agencies each year. It also traces U.S.-sourced firearms recovered in foreign countries for law enforcement agencies in those countries.
In fiscal years 1988-2018, the NTC conducted traces as outlined below:
3 Reasons the ATF is Knocking On Your Door

Reason 1: Firearm Tracing - The first and most common reason we see the ATF attempting to question a person, seemingly at random, is firearm tracing. When you buy a firearm from an FFL and it later leaves your inventory, there may not be a record. Whether it is a sale, gift, inheritance, or the gun was lost or stolen, there are a lot of reasons why a person may no longer have a gun in their collection. But if the gun shows up at a crime scene sometime down the road, it is common for local police and the ATF to trace that firearm back to the original point of sale from the FFL. That means if you (or a relative that passed away) were the original purchaser, the ATF might have some questions as to why the gun is no longer in your (or their / or the estates) possession.

Reason 2: Investigating the Purchase of Multiple Firearms - Under the 1968 Gun Control Act, FFLs are required to report multiple sales of handguns to the same purchaser. Have you ever thought about buying a set of His and Hers pistols? Or maybe you go into a gun store to buy a handgun, and you see a deal on another one that you just can’t pass up. There’s nothing wrong with a thoughtful gift or getting a deal, but there is something important you must know. The sale or disposition of two or more handguns must be reported to the ATF and local authorities if they occur at the same time, or within five consecutive business days. The same goes for certain rifles sold in southern border states. This is because the ATF keeps a close watch on the transfer of multiple firearms that take place in a short period of time. This is to prevent weapons trafficking, unlicensed firearms businesses, and to protect public safety. Whatever the reason may be, just know if you find yourself in this situation, the ATF and the local police may want to inspect your collection, and you need to know what to do.

Reason 3: Conducting a Welfare Check or Following Up On An Anonymous Tip - You do not need us to tell you that there are some folks who don’t believe in the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms. Maybe it is a concerned neighbor, a revenge-seeking ex-spouse, or in response to a political argument over the internet.

The vast majority of gun owners say they obtained their weapons in transactions that are documented and for the most part legal.
When asked where and how they acquired their most recent firearm, about 64 percent of a cross-section of American gun owners reported buying it from a gun store, where the clerk would have conducted a background check and documented the transfer in a permanent record required by federal law. Another 14 percent were transferred in some other way but still involved a background check. The remaining 22 percent said they got their guns without a background check.
The same is not true for criminals, however, most of whom obtain their guns illegally.
A transaction can be illegal for several reasons, but of particular interest are transactions that involve disqualified individuals – those banned from purchase or possession due to criminal record, age, adjudicated mental illness, illegal alien status or some other reason. Convicted felons, teenagers and other people who are legally barred from possession would ordinarily be blocked from purchasing a gun from a gun store because they would fail the background check or lack the permit or license required by some states.
Anyone providing the gun in such transactions would be culpable if he or she had reason to know that the buyer was disqualified, was acting as a straw purchaser or if had violated state regulations pertaining to such private transactions.
The importance of the informal (undocumented) market in supplying criminals is suggested by the results of inmate surveys and data gleaned from guns confiscated by the police. A national survey of inmates of state prisons found that just 10 percent of youthful (age 18-40) male respondents who admitted to having a gun at the time of their arrest had obtained it from a gun store. The other 90 percent obtained them through a variety of off-the-book means: for example, as gifts or sharing arrangements with fellow gang members.
Similarly, an ongoing study of how Chicago gang members get their guns has found that only a trivial percentage obtained them by direct purchase from a store. To the extent that gun dealers are implicated in supplying dangerous people, it is more so by accommodating straw purchasers and traffickers than in selling directly to customers they know to be disqualified.

Every day, many lawful transfers of firearms take place between unlicensed individuals who reside in the same state. these transfers take place at residences, at gun shows, and through classified and online ads. But these unlicensed sellers, who are not FFls, may not have the ability to conduct complete background checks on potential buyers. this leaves these private sellers with no wayto confirm whether or not the person to whom they are selling the firearm is prohibited from possessing it. indeed, many of these sellers may not even be aware of all the circumstances that prohibit someone from possessing a firearm. as an FFl, I play a key role in safeguarding the public from violent crime by maintaining accurate records, instituting internal controls, and performing background checks on potential firearms purchasers. these practices help prevent violent criminals from obtaining firearms and help reduce the possibility that firearms will be used in crimes. When a private transaction is completed through a licensed dealer, both the customers and the community have some assurance that the individual wishing to purchase the firearm is not prohibited by law from possessing or receiving a firearm. When a private seller goes through an FFl to transfer his or her firearm, it can also improve the ability of law enforcement to trace that firearm if it is later recovered during a criminal investigation.
The above is not meant to scare anyone but if you are selling any firearm(s) you should sell them to a dealer or complete an FFL transfer for each firearm so a background check is done on each firearm you sell. Why? This is to protect you from being a suspect in supplying weapons to those not legally able to own one,  a peace of mind knowing the person is legally able to own a firearm, the firearm is legally transferred to another owner, selling guns to a gun shop or completing the transfer at a gun shop is much safer than having someone come to your house (someone looking to come back an rob you?) or meeting them in a parking lot (someone looking to rob you? or are they buying for someone else that maybe in their car, in another car, or hiding in the bushes?) and last but not least doing background checks on firearms actually helps us keep our guns rights. If you look at the data above you see a trend. Those that want to take our rights away see that data also. Why give those that are anti gun more ammo to fight with? With us being more responsible with the guns we sell it can only help our cause. Some may not agree with opinions represented here however I see the increase in traces that I have to do in my shop and that is a fact. I hate to see the guns that I sell from my shop being used in a crime down the road. I love doing what I do and my gun rights are VERY important to me.
If you sell a firearms privately and you don't want to conduct a transfer through a dealer always follow these steps:
- When you talk to the potential buyer make sure you ask questions. Why do you want this gun? Who is it for? Are you a Maine resident? If anything doesn't feel right it probably isn't. Remember handguns and long guns can only be sold to those 18 and older. Those purchasing a handgun must be a Maine resident. Long guns should only be sold to a non resident if that firearm is legal in their state. Some states have restrictions on magazine capacities, collapsible stocks, threaded barrels, and bayonet lugs. So if you sell a long gun to someone that is not a Maine resident make sure it is legal in their state.
- Make sure you meet someone it a safe and busy location, preferably not at night. Bring a friend along. I suggest not bringing them in your house or even meeting them at your house.
- Look in their vehicle and scan around the area. Could they be buying this for someone that is not legally able to own a gun? Look for any indication it could be a straw purchase. If you don't feel comfortable with the sale don't sell them the gun. Remember you can help stop that firearm from getting in the wrong hands.
- Ask the buyer for a concealed carry permit if possible. Write down the information from the permit or take a picture of the permit with your phone. Statistically, a CCP holder is much less-likely to be involved in a crime than not. If they do not have a carry permit make sure you either write down their driver's license or id information or take a picture of it with your phone. A license plate number and vehicle description would not hurt either. It the person is afraid of you taking that info you shouldn't be selling them the gun.
- If the sale goes through make sure you Require a Bill of Sale. Whether you’re the buyer or seller, a Bill of Sale will show that the firearm was transferred to another owner and that both parties agree that there are no nefarious intentions involved in the transaction. Both you and the buyer should have a copy. When a gun is used in a crime and recovered by law enforcement, the serial number is sent via the ATF Tracing Center to the manufacturer to ask where the gun was shipped. The manufacturer can show via their books that the gun was shipped to a distributor, who can show that they shipped it to a specific FFL/gun store who can show that they sold it to John Smith. The Tracing Center follows the trail of the gun until they get to the individual. It is then the responsibility of the individual to show what happened to the gun after they purchased it. The Bill of Sale shows that you as seller are a responsible gun owner, ensuring that you have the contact information with which to assist the police in their investigation (and therefore lessen the possibility of you being held liable). It is the responsibility of the gun owner to ensure that they’re doing everything possible to know that the firearm being sold will not wind up in the hands of someone who shouldn’t own it.

Private Sale YouTube videos I found
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Fred E.
Owner: Allsport Performance Inc.

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