I want to know if it is presumably/presumptively/normally illegal to barter using firearms. Is it illegal to barter one firearm for another firearm? Can services or goods other than firearms be rendered in exchange for firearms when no money is exchanged?
I'm not concerned with the tax implications here, just for the sake of simplicity. I'm also not concerned with the precise definition of money, for the same reason, unless everything is money in a legal sense once a barter happens. For a concrete example, could I legally manufacture and exchange a firearm with another adult for furniture, routinely or even once?
This all assumes:
- No party is a known criminal
- No party inspects the ID of the other or performs a background check
- Each party is known to be or appears to be old enough to own a firearm legally
- One party barters regularly in this manner using firearms and firearm components
- No party is licensed to sell firearms
If this is legal only under narrow circumstances, I would appreciate knowing the nuances.