Do Pawn Shops Buy Shotguns – Here's Your Answer!

Brian McCracken


Will Pawn Shops Accept Shotguns?
This is one of those questions that I will often see asked around pawn shops as pawn shops may typically be known for taking guns.
That having been said, not all pawn shops take in firearms. In fact, there are a large number of shops that don’t want anything to do with guns of any type.
For a pawn shop to deal with guns, it requires that they have special licensing, otherwise known as an FFL.
In addition to the concern about licensing, there may be insurance concerns as well.
That having been said, pawn shops in more rural areas will almost always deal with firearms. Of the firearms that they typically deal with, shotguns are normally at the top of the list.
However other types of guns, such as handguns for instance, may not be something they deal with on a regular basis.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with handguns, it’s just that shotguns and rifles are typically more associated with sporting weapons, such as those used for hunting. Handguns are more of a self-defense weapon, and therefore not as appealing to a sportsman.
Ultimately however, it is a safe bet to assume that most pawn shops will deal with shotguns assuming that they’re not in a highly populated city area.
It’s not unusual for someone to ask if pawn shops buy shotguns. When it comes to all of the various types of guns out there, shotguns are actually one type of gun that pawn shops would most likely be interested in taking in.
How To Find Pawn Shops That Deal With Shotguns
If you’re looking to find a pawn shop that will accept your shotgun for a loan or offer to buy it from you, there is a very easy way to go about doing this.
The first thing you should use go to and search the phrase local pawn shops or pawn shops in my area.
Google will return a list of pawn shop that are in your area along with their phone numbers and addresses. You will want to go through this list one by one and asked them if they accept shotguns.
If they do, while you have them on the phone, asked them what you need in order to make a loan on a shotgun. In some cases you may just need a state ID and in other cases you may need some kind of registration paperwork for the gun.
If you want to get the most money as possible for your shotgun at a pawn shop then you will want to follow some basic rules.
The first rule is to make sure that your shotgun is in good condition, works properly and has no real significant cosmetic flaws.
This typically means that you should at least wipe the gun down before you take it in to a pawn shop.
It’s also not a bad idea to apply a little oil to the shotgun on surfaces as you might normally do during regular maintenance or care for your shotgun.
Whatever you do, don’t bring the shotgun into the pawn shop loaded. You will quickly learn that the pawnbroker may turn down your transaction overall.
If you have some kind of case that went with your shotgun, you should bring that with you as well.