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Staying safe buying and selling guns onlline

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An armed robbery in Grand Rapids is raising questions about the safety of buying and selling guns online.

Saturday night, a man was robbed in the 4000 block of Tangle Circle Drive while police say he was attempting to meet up with someone interested in buying his gun.

Police are now sending out a warning about these kinds of sales.

Newschannel 3 spoke to Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller, who wasn't surprised by this outcome. He says when you log online you need to be cautious and not share too much about yourself.

Fuller says the victim, a 53-year-old man from Rockford, may have made several mistakes after he contacted the suspect on a website that sells guns.

When the victim arrived to meet the suspect, he couldn't find him, so he started to walk around. That's when the suspect approached him from behind and robbed him of the handgun.

The sheriff says sellers should collect as much information as possible about the person buy the gun. Sellers should not to share too much about themselves, and should choose a well-lit place to make the exchange.

"I don't mean an empty parking space some place, I mean a business parking lot, a police department's parking lot, things like that," Fuller says.
The sheriff adds, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Some local gun shop owners also say they will help make a safe gun exchange, with background checks included.