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: NOON - 5:30pm / Summer hours: starting June 1st through August 31st: NOON - 5:00pm
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: Fall, winter, spring hours: 9:00am - 5:30pm / Summer hours: starting June 1st through August 31st: 9:00am - 5:00pm
SATURDAY: Fall, winter, spring hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm Hint: 11am on can be very busy so come early / Summer hours: starting June 1st through August 31st 8:00am-NOON
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: https://www.mainegunbuyer.com/
Fred E. Emerson III
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.
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.
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