Some people do just drop off their form 1 or form 4 and wait for the CLEO to get to it.
I call the sheriff's office and ask to make an appointment to talk to the sheriff. I explain who I am and what I want and that it will only take 5 minutes of his time. I usually see him a week later.
Stopping power: The power some guns have to make you stop what you are doing and get your wallet out.