Wait a second, you pay $16 to have a free NICS check done?
I was unaware anyone could make it mandatory to charge for that call. If the gun store charges that, I think I would be looking for someplace else to spend my hard earned dollars.
My process here in Texas is:
Pick and pay for the gun wanted.
Fill out 4473
Show valid Texas CHL
Head out the door with new gun
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Home Firearm Safety and Pistol Instructor
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