Pharos-Tribune

Local News

May 19, 2013

Garage sale gun buys up

Police caution sellers against sales to felons, other liabilities.

LOGANSPORT — As guns are increasingly being sold by private sellers, police warn sellers to check out the background of the buyers.

Though it’s legal for private citizens to sell guns to buyers over the age of 18, police say sellers should still take the precaution of conducting a criminal background check to prevent any legal liability.

Sellers could face legal issues if they sell to a convicted felon or if the gun ends up becoming part of a crime.

To take a handgun out in the public, the buyer also has to have a gun permit.

Detective Dale Campbell with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department said buyers often go to garage sales to look for good deals on guns.

“It happens all the time,” Campbell said.

An assault rifle was recently reported sold at a Logansport garage sale May 4.

While secondhand sales are legal, Lt. Carl Swan with the Logansport Police Department said the sellers should conduct a background check, both for the benefit of the seller and the buyer, so neither ends up with a stolen gun.

“You could buy one and have it taken away from you,” said Police Chief Mike Clark.  

The background check is also necessary so that the seller can be certain they’re not selling to a convicted felon, Clark said.

“You’re taking a chance of someone unstable buying it,” Clark said.

Other regulations state that a gun cannot be sold to someone who is a drug abuser, alcohol abuser or is mentally incompetent.

Campbell recommended that the seller and buyer go to a gun dealer, so that the dealer can enter the record in their FFL book and do a background check for a small fee.

Buyers should also take precautions when handling guns at a garage sale, Swan said.

“Always assume it’s loaded,” Swan said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT082014 McTaggart awards.jpg Writers win McTaggart honors The Trustees of the Logansport-Cass County Public Library recently announced the winners of the fifth annual McTaggart Writing Competition.In the student poetry division, Lari Rutschmann took first place with her poem “Hands” and second place with an

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Data breach affects Dukes Memorial Hospital PERU — Dukes Memorial Hospital was one of nine Indiana hospitals affected by Monday's data breach at Community Health Systems. Community Health Systems — which is not affiliated with Community Health Network, the Indianapolis-based healthcare provide

    August 19, 2014

  • Police Blotter: Aug. 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 19, 2014

  • State sues EPA over carbon dioxide regulations The state of Indiana and 11 other states are suing the U.S. Environment Protection Agency over its recent carbon dioxide regulations, contending the agency is “overstepping its authority.” The lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. Court of Appeals in the

    August 19, 2014

  • Council passes annexation exceptions Exceptions to local rules are now in place for residents of land Logansport is annexing should the city win the lawsuit filed by opponents set to get underway again next month.Logansport City Council narrowly approved 4-3 the annexation of two territ

    August 19, 2014

  • NWS-PT081914 COAL TRUCK.jpg Booms and busts: What will happen to coal towns? DUGGER — The existence of this small southwestern Indiana town has depended on coal for a long time. It was named for the Dugger family that sunk the first mine in 1879. Within five years, Dugger was one of largest villages in eastern Sullivan County

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cass County prepares for government property fixes Cass County officials are preparing for some major fixes to county-owned properties.Cass County Commissioners said at their bimonthly meeting Monday that they include the government building and jail on Court Park, annex building on High Street and b

    August 19, 2014

  • indot plans INDOT to improve signage on Logan exits of Hoosier Heartland After much public outcry and several accidents — now including a fatal crash on Sunday — the Indiana Department of Transportation has made detailed plans to install improved signage at the Logansport interchanges along the Hoosier Heartland Highway a

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rural/Metro terminates ambulance contract The company providing ambulance services in Cass County announced Monday it is discontinuing service locally and in much of the state. Rural/Metro of Indiana, LP, under Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Rural/Metro, cited unfavorable logistical and economic co

    August 18, 2014

  • Farm View to spread ag awareness Saturday If you want to learn more about farming, the Cass County Ag Council and Purdue Extension will be hosting a full day focused on agriculture this weekend. The fourth annual Cass County Farm View is Saturday at Kitchel's Treaty Branch Farm in Peru. Mega

    August 18, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes Lunch Bus Delivers Meals to Kids Out of School Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners Rockets Fired From Gaza, in Breach of Ceasefire Raw: Japanese Military Live Fire Exercise Police, Protesters Clash in Ferguson Independent Autopsy Reveals Michael Brown Wounds Nashville Embraces Motley Crue Obama: 'Time to Listen, Not Just Shout' Lawyer: Gov. Perry Indictment a 'Nasty Attack' Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Crosses Into Ukraine Iowa Man Builds Statue of a Golfer Out of Balls Assange Gets Cryptic About Leaving Embassy in UK Raw: Building Collapse in South Africa, 9 Dead Raw: Pope Francis Meets 'Comfort Women'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Does Indiana need a statewide water management plan and an administrator to implement it?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
eEdition