I Sold A Gun

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Wednesday I sold a gun. This was a barely used Ruger LC380 that I bought myself as a “hooray I’m single” present with the intent of using it as a carry piece. It’s a really good gun for it’s purpose, but I had my sights set on something different that would fill it’s role.

I followed all of my state’s laws and even went further to safeguard myself and the purchaser from any future problems by checking his ID and having him fill out a bill of sale with the serial number of the pistol, driver’s license info, etc. This also included a statement that he was legally able to purchase the firearm.

As the negotiations and the meet-up were planned I found out that he was a kid, just turned 21, and lived in a pretty crappy part of town. After the sale I did a little research on his neighborhood. Basically, it’s shit. It’s worse than that, he lives in an area referred to as the “Murder Factory“. Not only does our local paper have a special section on their website, there’s a documentary titled “Kansas City Murder Factory” about this kid’s zip code.

Wanting to know exactly how shitty his neighborhood is, I searched some crime stats and ended up at a real estate info site that had a graph plotting the crime rate of his zip code against the state and the nation. It’s bad.
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One of my acquaintances is in law enforcement and after the transaction he asked for the kid’s name so he could see if he was a felon, on parole, etc. This isn’t something that I really wanted weighing on my conscience, but I was awfully curious. To my relief, he came back with a clean slate and my friend saying, “are you sure that’s where he lives?”

I’m still torn about this, and I probably will be for a while. Given that the kid had a clean record, a job, was very clear and up front about his age, showed his ID without question … I’d like to think this was a net good for his outcome. He even asked about safety and CCW classes so he could get his permit and carry legally. I gave him some direction and hope he takes it. I’d probably want a weapon handy if I lived in his neighborhood, too.

On the flipside, I sold a gun into the “Murder Factory”. The chance that this gun will be stolen or used in some nefarious purpose just jumped up quite a few notches.

So did I provide a good guy a tool to maybe keep him safe or did I just make a big problem worse by adding another firearm into the mix?

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2 Replies to “I Sold A Gun”

  1. I told you this last week, but it bears repeating. You provided a decent human that just happens to reside in a rough part of town a tool to allow him to feel safe and protected. Perhaps it will save his life on
    e day. Maybe it is what he needs to feel safe. Having spent much of my youth in neighborhoods that were similar, I can tell you that having the sense of security that knowing you are prepared to protect yourself is paramount to a feeling of well being that you will, quite literally, make it out alive. Statistically, the fact that this young man has made it to 21 without a record speaks volumes considering where he comes from. You did a good thing. The fact that it weighs on your conscience at all is just further testament to your character.

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