This is really great information! Obviously it’s the citizens right to sell completely privately if they choose (unless in a state that requires universal background checks), but a lot of people don’t realize that they ALWAYS have the option of going through a local FFL for the sale and/or transfer process.
This provides a safe place to meet for the transaction, opportunity for in-depth inspection, verification of buyer age and status, and more. Yes, there will also be an associated fee for the service, but it’s generally well worth it when needed.
I also want to quickly touch on the “If it feels bad, it very well could be” point… There are soooo many scams going around these days. TRUST YOUR GUT!