Firearm FAQ



How do I sell a gun: 

Stop by the Auction Center Monday- Friday from 9am-4pm to have your gun checked in for our next consignment auction! At time of check in you will go over any details you would like listed for each item with one of our employees while filling out and signing your contract. That’s it! We will take it from there.


Do I need to bring a gun to you to sell it:

Yes, all firearms must be in Aumann Auction, Inc. possession at the time of the sale per ATF guidelines.


Are there fees to selling a gun:

Yes, all firearms are subject to a commission rate of 10%. All ammo, accessories, etc are 15% commission. This is per lot.


What other items do you accept:

We accept ammo, accessories such as scopes, lasers, cases, magazines, etc.

What items do you NOT accept:

Currently, we are not accepting any reloading material or reloading accessories.


What happens after my guns are checked in and dropped of:

We secure all firearms into our walk in safe immediately. Once all firearms are on-site for each seasonal sale, all items are taken out of the safe, given a lot number, photographed, and gone over for description. After all photographing and descriptions are complete, they are listed on our website and bidding opens.


How do I know which lots are my items:

Once all items are cataloged, the auction manager or a member from our firearm staff will reach out to you via phone or email with a list of all your lot numbers. It is at this point we suggest you go over the listings and notify us of any changes you would like on your items.


Can I put a reserve on a firearm: 

Per the contract all items sell absolute. If you as a seller feel the need to protect your item by bidding on it and win, you are subject to pay commission and buyers premium on the sold item. Aumann Auction, Inc. will not place a reserve, protect, or bid on any of your items for you.


How long does it take to get paid:

Per contract terms, a check will be cut to all sellers in 20 business days or sooner from the end of an auction. This check is mailed to the address listed on the contract



What is extend all bidding:

Any bid placed within the final 5 minutes of an auction results in the auction automatically extending 5 additional minutes. The bidding will extend in 5-minute increments from the time the last bid is placed until there are no more bids, and the lot sits idle for 5 minutes. Therefore, the auction will not close until all bidding parties are satisfied, and no one can be outbid at the last seconds without having another opportunity to bid again.


Is there a buyer’s premium and how much is it:

All firearm/ammo sales are subject to a 10% buyer’s premium.


Who can purchase a firearm: 

Firearms can only be purchased by the registered bidder, not by another individual, family member or friend. Bidders must be 18 years of age or older on the date of the close of the auction to purchase long guns or long gun ammunition. Bidders must be 21 years of ago or older on the date of the close of the auction to purchase handguns or handgun ammunition.


How do I know I won an item:

Once the auction has concluded you will receive an invoice to your email address listed on file. This may come within 30 minutes of a sale ending but can sometimes come the next business day.


What do I do after I receive my invoice:

Every invoice will give detailed instructions. These instructions will included pick up date, time, and location. They will also direct you to send a copy of your FOID card (IL Residents) to [email protected] immediately so your background can start being process.


How long do I have to pay:

All payments must be received within 1 week from the conclusion of the auction


What form of payments do you accept: 

Cash, check or credit card (with a 5% fee) or wire transfer at in person pick-ups. Cashier check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (with a 5% fee- for no more than $1,500) for all out of state, or purchases that will be shipped.

What if I am a FFL:

FFL’s may come to pick up firearms in person even if they are out of state buyers. You will need to provide Aumann Auctions with a copy of your FFL at the time of pick up.

What if I am an out of state buyer picking up firearms:

Out of state buyers are only legally allowed to have long guns transferred to them if their residing state touches IL (WI, IN, MO, KY, IA). If you are an out of state buyer to an approved touching state, you will need to submit a copy of your state issued ID or Driver’s License for your background to be processed. All handgun purchases must be shipped to an FFL of your choice. No handguns will be transferred in person to ANY out of state buyer. Out of state buyers are also allowed to pick up ammo in person as well.


What if I am an out of state buyer having items shipped:

Out of state buyers having a firearm shipped must first pay for their invoice. Once the invoice is paid in full Aumann Auctions must be sent a copy of the FFL of your choosing to [email protected]. If you are having ammo shipped, it can be sent to your home address.

How do I pay for shipping

Once your FFL is received your items will be packed in our shipping department. You will receive an email and/or text message from Shipping Saint. That is the program out shipping department uses. That email/text will show you your shipping total and a link to follow to pay the invoice directly. Once payment is made you will receive a second email/text with your tracking number enclosed.


What can you NOT ship:

We are unable to ship any type of powered, primers, or percussion caps


When does the 72-hour hold start on firearms:

The 72 hour waiting period beings when the ATF Form 4473 is submitted. This is submitted at the time your FOID card, Conceal Carry card, or state issued ID (non-IL residents only) is received.


What happens if my background is not approved by the pick-up date:

You will be notified if your background has not come back no later than end of business the day before the firearm pick up is scheduled. At that point we will call you once it has been returned so you may schedule a time to come pick up your firearm asap.


Where do I send my FOID, Conceal Carry, Out of state ID, or FFL: 

Please submit all documents to [email protected]. All FFL’s being sent need to list your name in the subject line, so we know which invoice it belongs to

How many days do I have before storage fees start:

Storage fees begin 30 days after the end of the sale. The fee is $5 per firearm per day.


What is considered an antique firearm:

A firearm must be older than 1899 AND use ammo that is not readily available/manufactured in the US.