I was in a firearms dealer this week and a guy was in the store asking if they would buy his 1911. They explained they did not have the funds in the register for the transaction and he asked where else he could sell the firearm. They told him about the pawn shop behind their location and he went there and later I saw him return to his car and retrieve the firearm. I wondered if I should have taken a look and made him an offer or if I was better off not sticking my nose where it didn’t belong.
The gun store explained to the seller the pawn shop would probably offer 40% of current value at best. I asked the gun shop what was up and they told me the guy needed money to pay a bill. I seriously hope I never have to sell anything at a cut-rate price on purpose just to pay a bill. The 1911 he mentioned could sell new from $600 to $1000 so somewhere in the back of my mind I wish I had seen the firearm and offered him less than market for it. That doesn’t sound right on one level, but would probably be double what the pawn shop would pay him and still a good deal for me. On the other hand I got to thinking about how I would verify the firearm was not stolen or taken from a family member without their knowledge. Would I jot down the driver’s license, license tag, phone, address, what exactly?
In the end I decided the best course of action for me was to stay out. I really did not want to go to the bank to withdraw the funds and then later find out the firearm was not held legally. I do believe the firearm was legally owned because the gentleman discussed it in the presence of three officers in the gun store and later took it into the pawn shop, but I was unwilling to take the chance. I hope the man pawned the gun and decides to later return to take the gun out of hock. He seemed like a young man who may have landed on some hard times and needed funds to get out of a pinch. Anyway, I will never actually know what happened, but I’m glad I kept to myself. I didn’t need to pick his bones and if he pawned the firearm he may one day be able to retrieve it after the bills are paid.