I tried to buy a gun and was denied, but it WAS NOT cuz I failed the background check!
July 16, 2012 in Guns
So about 1 month ago I went to a gun store on Industrial Boulevard in the Pennsylvania township of Upper Southampton to buy a gun since I don’t trust the government anymore (like many other Americans). I had a couple misdemeanors on my record, but NOTHING that would make it illegal for gun dealers to sell a gun to me. I even had the courtesy to ask the shop owner as soon as I walked in if having these crimes on my record would hurt my chances of getting a gun, and HE SAID NO!
Well, having waited 2 weeks for a reply and getting nothing, I decided to call the gun shop to get an update and they told me I was still on hold for a background check. They also told me that they ALWAYS call customers to tell them whether or not they passed the background check, and they also said that people have to opportunity to appeal if they get denied to right to buy a gun. I figured it would only be a matter of time before I got a gun, but I was sorely mistaken.
Earlier today I called the dealership again and said, “Sorry to bother ya again but I can’t help but be a little worried about the UN gun ban treaty that might get passed and I would like another update.” After being put on hold for 30 seconds the store owner picked up the phone. Boy was I in for a shocker! The manager was clearly not interested in talking to me as he was talking really quickly and in a disgruntled tone of voice. He said, “I have decided not to sell you the gun.” I asked him why, and he said he didn’t have to tell me and said his status as the store owner gives him the right to refuse to sell to me (and he actually admitted that the reason he wouldn’t sell to me was CUZ HE DIDN’T WANNA SELL TO ME and that the background check had nothing to do with his choice!) When I told him I wanted to appeal, he told me there is no appeal process. And then when I told him that a couple weeks earlier I was told I could appeal a denial, he told me that the guy who told me that was wrong.
I tried to fill out one of those NICS forms for gun denial appeal, but I realized I couldn’t when I noticed that the appeal paper required specific code numbers for my gun purchase (NICS TRANSACTION NUMBER (NTN) or STATE TRANSACTION NUMBER (STN)) which could only be obtained from the gun dealership who I tried to buy the gun from. I realized that the dealership would most certainly refuse to give me those numbers (after all, they refused to help me before), and then when I called the NICS office at the FBI to ask them how I was supposed to file an appeal if the dealership won’t give me the required NTN/STN number, the lady at the other end of the line said, “Sorry sir, but it is ultimately their business and they don’t have to sell to you if they don’t wanna.”
Clearly there is a conundrum here. What’s the point in having a gun appeal form if private gun dealerships can ultimately refuse to sell guns to customers even if the customers sue them? And as if that wasn’t odd enough, it also makes no sense that they would refuse to sell me a gun simply cuz they didn’t feel comfortable selling to me because GUN DEALERS JUST WANT YOUR MONEY! The idea that they would refuse to sell me a gun cuz they were suspicious of me is absurd because they just want my money, not to mention that even if I did do something evil with the gun they are not liable for anything I do.
I have filed a report with the Upper Southampton police about this, and they told me they would speak to the dealership about why they treated me the way they did. They also said they would get back to me, and I am crossing my fingers that they will keep their word. But in all seriousness, this is a perfect example of how absurd the law truly is. I can sue a dealership for refusing to sell to me, yet the dealership can ultimately refuse to sell to me anyway on the grounds that being a private dealership means they can deny to sell to anyone they want. And why would they refuse to sell to me? I have no criminal record which implies being ineligible to buy guns, I had the courtesy to simplify the process by asking if my crimes would hurt my chances to get a gun and they said it wouldn’t, and it’s common sense that a gun dealership would NEVER refuse to sell to someone that they can legally sell to cuz they just want your money.
I seriously think someone told the gun dealers not to sell to me. But who? And why would the gun dealers follow his/her orders? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE!?!?!