How It Works / FAQ For Sale - Classified Ads

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What Can I Advertise? is a marketplace for Texans to freely buy sell and trade firearms, ammunition and accessories directly without government oversight. This right is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and by God Almighty Himself (read your Bible).

There are 5 types of postings you can create on Texas Gun Trader:

  1. Want To Sell (WTS)
  2. Want To Buy (WTB)
  3. Want To Trade (WTT)
  4. Services
  5. Events

Any ads that could be considered commentary or opinion will be removed and your account may be suspended or deleted and your access point blocked. Post any comments in the forum (coming soon)

All full-auto or select fire type firearms must be pre-86 or properly registered and transferred with the ATF. All NFA rules apply.

All firearms and ammunition listed on TexasGunTrader must be in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local laws, Rules and Agreements. For more information on federal laws relating to the possession and transfer of ownership of firearms visit ATF ONLINE. Although administrators monitor the site full time, Texas Gun Trader does not assume responsibility for ads placed on the site. All legal, social, and moral liability and responsibility belongs to the ad poster alone. If you are not sure about an item email with your question and we will do our best to find the correct answer for you.

Who Can Sell Guns On Texas Gun Trader?

State and local laws may change without notice. Contact a lawyer if you need legal advice.

Any legal law abiding citizen has the right to sell a firearm to any other legal law abiding citizen in the state of Texas.

How to Conduct a Background Check for Firearm Sales Between Individuals

According to Federal law (1-29-09) the following people cannot legally receive or possess firearms and/or ammunition.

(1) Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year;

(2) Is a fugitive from justice;

(3) Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;

(4) Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution;

(5) Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States or an alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;

(6) Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;

(7) Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his or her citizenship;

(8) Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner; or

(9) Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence

(10) Cannot lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm.

A person who is under indictment or information for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year cannot lawfully receive a firearm.Such person may continue to lawfully possess firearms obtained prior to the indictment or information.

It is advisable that you get a copy of the buyer/sellers id and make a bill of sale


Where Should I Meet A Buyer Or Seller?


A great place to meet a buyer or seller is at a local gun shop.  That's a gun friendly environment. Be sure to call ahead and ask the shop owner/manager if it's okay to conduct a face to face trade on premises.

The only place better than a gun shop would be a shooting range. Not only will you be in a safe - gun friendly area, but you should be able to negotiate a test fire. Nothing beats a good old fashioned field test. Offer to clean the gun and bring your own ammo.

What Kind of Links Can I Put In My Ad?


Please do not post any ads for other web sites on the classifieds site. 

Exception: web sites directly related to item being sold. For instance, If you are selling a particular item, you may put a link to the manufacturer's web site. 


Why Must I register to Use Texas Gun Trader?


We require sellers to register in an effort to combat fraud on this web site.  We require all members to submit their email address, physical address, and verified email. In addition we log IP and MAC address information for all activities that take place on this web site.  We will never sell or distribute your information to a 3rd party. Please read the Privacy Policy statement for more information.

Buyers are now sometimes required to register before contacting sellers. This decision was not made by choice. Scam artist were utilizing our messaging system to defraud our members. Registration is quick, secure, and free.

Upon finalization of sale, we recommend that Texas Gun Trader members verify the identity of the buyer (state or federal ID) and exchange a complete a bill of sale


Tips For Sellers


By utilizing these 3 rules you will be more successful in selling your item.

  • Pictures double, and in many cases triple the number of views your ad gets.
  • Describe your item in detail. List all details, add-ons, upgrades, defects and approximate round count and history.
  • Publish an asking price.  With few exceptions, items without a price take longer to sell. First question you will get from sellers is going to be "How much you want for that thing?" anyway so you might as well just post a price.  You can always start high and lower your price as time goes on. attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every month. You will get all kinds of offers from all kinds of people - hagglers, traders, ready buyers. Try not to take low ball offers as an insult. Sometimes the best deals are the result of a negotiation or complex trade. It's usually wise to attempt negotiation on any offer.

Please report any abusive or threatening language to

How To Post Pictures


During the "Post and Ad" process  you will be prompted to upload pictures of your items. 

We accept most common image formats. Each image must be 5MB or less. Image sizes of 1024x768 are optimal for this site. But any image smaller than 5MB will work.

If you see a blank white screen after attempting to upload your images your upload session has timed out. If you have large pictures or a slow internet connection you may need to reduce your image size or upload your images one at a time.

If your pictures are not uploading to the site use image editing software to "resize" the image to a resolution of 1024x768. Then export it in either .gif or .jpg format.

Our image upload system has been tested compatible with all common browsers.

If you have any problems posting pictures, send them in an email to the administrator ( ).


How Do I Post an Ad?


Placing an ad on TGT is easy and intuitive. Here is a basic run down of the process

1. Create an account if you don't already have one.

2. Log in

3. Click the "Sell" link on the top of the page

4. Use the links to choose a category

5. Fill in all required information

6. Upload your images

7. Once the process is complete your ad will be live

How Do I Remove My ad?


We assume you sold your item, but please let the Administrator know if your reason for removing your ad had anything to do with technical problems, unwanted emails, spam or any other type of bad experience. We're always making an effort to improve the site.

  1. Log In
  2. Click "my active ads"
  3. Click "remove" or the red 'x' next to ad to be deleted.
  4. Click "confirm", please leave a reason for removing ad in the box provided.

What Legal Issues Should I Be Aware of When Buying and Selling firearms?


This information may be out of date. Texas Gun Trader is not a legal advisor and the information included in may or may not be accurate. For updates and changes in any ATF enforced law visit

BATFE regulation on Face to Face firearm transfers:

A person may sell a firearm to an unlicensed resident of his State, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. A person may loan or rent a firearm to a resident of any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. A person may sell or transfer a firearm to a licensee in any State. However, a firearm other than a curio or relic may not be transferred interstate to a non-licensed individual.

You will need to transfer firearms to citizens of other states through a FFL dealer.

We recommend utilizing our Firearms Bill of Sale when selling a firearm

Information on conducting a background check for firearms sale between individuals


Why Is My Ad Marked Sold?


How to change sold status. Log in to Click "my active ads" in control panel. Click the sold/unsold button to toggle.



Why Are My Pictures Upside Down?

Are you using the volume button on your Apple device to take pictures? Apple ignored image orientation standards when they implemented that feature. Result- your image will appear correct on your apple device and nothing else.

The fix is pretty straight forward. Either take pictures with the volume buttons facing down or use a camera app such as Camera+ .

When Was TGT Launched?
[top] was launched December 2006

Texas Gun Trader, does not act as a legal advisor. City, County, State and federal laws vary and this information may not apply to your area, or could be outdated or incorrect. Contact a local legal advisor for specifics on laws in your area.

Please report inaccuracies to .


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