Apparently, that isn't what they want dealers doing. I was instructed to proceed with the transaction, then call the local office with the buyer's information.
Sorry, but that could potentially make me an accessory
Exactly. Guns aren't drugs, or ordinary stolen property. As a retired military LEO, I can tell you that military regulations allowed for use of deadly force to prevent the theft of weapons. ATF is treating them like they're a dime bag of heroin.:barf:
Violence is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and valorous feeling which believes that nothing is worth violence is much worse. Those who have nothing for which they are willing to fight; nothing they care about more than their own personal safety; are miserable creatures who have no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of those better than themselves. Gary L. Griffiths, Chief Instructor, Advanced Force Tactics, Inc. (Paraphrasing John Stuart Mill)