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  •  I had to do this for my private shotgun purchase. (3+ / 0-)

    I bought from a private seller in Virginia, and I live in Maryland, so even though we were close enough for me to meet him in person and pay, we still had to ship it to an FFL holder in Maryland to process it.

    Shipping added a couple of days, the background check was done in 5 minutes at the FFL's kitchen table, and the total additional cost was about $50 for the check and shipping.

    Not that big a deal.

    I would have greatly preferred to just take it to a dealer in Virginia or a police department there and have them run the check, but there's still a requirement that it go through an FFL in the buyer's state of residence (presumably, that could be repealed if we had UBCs and just kept a requirement that the transfer not be one that would be against the law in the buyer's state).

    "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

    by JR on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:11:29 AM PDT

    •  Compromise (0+ / 0-)

      Shall-issue exemption from waiting periods for anyone who can show genuine cause to fear for his safety or an immediately verifiable clean bill of mental health.  The principle purpose of waiting periods is to frustrate the impulsively suicidal or violent, after all.

      When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

      by Patrick Costighan on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:17:56 AM PDT

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    •  Doing it that way also protects the seller from (0+ / 0-)

      any questions that might arise from an improper incident that might occur should the gun be stolen or lost and used in a criminal situation.  It shows a verifiable paper trail, and clears up many questions that could arise.

      I never would sell anything I have purchased, but would go through an FFL dealer if I were to sell to anyone, even if they were any of my friends who are very responsible with their collections.  Likewise, my firearm owning friends would also do the same with me as well.

      "Don't Let Your Mouth Write A Check, That Your Butt Can't Cash."

      by LamontCranston on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:46:53 PM PDT

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      •  I'm fine with going through an FFL. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm just not sure that the requirement that the firearm be shipped to an in-state FFL is necessary, so long as the sale wouldn't violate the laws in the buyer's home state. As long as we're going to require background checks anyway, I don't really see the need for federal law to require the parties to perform them in one particular state.

        "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

        by JR on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:19:42 PM PDT

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