All of this back and forth on this thread is a perfect example of personally reading the laws and understanding them for yourself, not based off opinioins from an internet forum.
It is legal in most states to transfer most types of guns from one party to another without ATF intervention.
Please accept this as an apology for my ignorance.
From The ATF Firearms Regulations Reference guide:
(B1) To Whom may an unlicensed person transfer firearms under the GSA.
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 purposes, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibiting from or 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 transfered interstate to a licensed collector. [18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and (5), 922(d), 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30]
If the buyer would pay the dealers fee that would be a good solution. I only sold to a CCW in my state of AZ. It actually did not take long, maybe there are a lot of CCW'ers.
I agree that you do not want to sell to a felon.
I'll only private sale a handgun to a CCW (CPL here in WA). Other than that there are LOTS of competing FFL's here that will transfer for $30.
I too have had shop persons who supposedly know stuff as well as even police dept. persons who are tasked with handling of firearm laws related to citizens (!) get this wrong. Police local and state both in VA (state) and MA (local)!
Do your own homework, always.
Reading is fundamental....And in a court of law an excuse of ignorance and/or 'But but but he/she told me it was gunna be okay!' is not a recognized nor viable defense.
If you cannot read and/or have reading comprehension issues, which is not uncommon and has nothing to do with a persons schooling or intelligence, then hire a professional (attorney) to read and inform you of same. A person who is legally culpable if you should down the road happen to do the wrong thing and wind up named on a courts docket.