Originally Posted by bonsaltron
what do you need to buy a gun at a pawn shop? permit, ID i assume?
In most states you do not need a permit at all to buy a gun. Where it gets tricky is if you want a hand gun to carry concealed, then most states require you to have a permit to carry.
If you want to keep a handgun at home, though, then most states don't require a permit. You need to be 21+ years old to buy a hand gun.
As for rifles and shotguns, there are only a few places in the country that require a permit.
You will need an ID for them to verify the paperwork.
Personally, I wouldn't buy a gun (or any big-ticket item for that matter) at a pawn shop unless I was familiar with the merchandise. Most pawn shops will rip you off and you need to haggle the price with them which is tough to do if you don't know what you would pay elsewhere for the same item.