My FFL did something new... why?
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I've received several guns in the past few years from different FFL's and dealers. My experience in actually taking possession of the gun has been very similar until yesterday.
I gave him my name and said I was here to pick up my rifle. He went behind the wall for a minute and came back with the paperwork. After I'd filled it out and the check was complete and I'd paid, he then brought the rifle out to me. It was good and I took it home.
This is completely different than any other time I've received a gun.
Every other time, prior to any paperwork, the FFL would bring the gun out, still in the shipping paper, and allow me to open it in front of him and inspect it. Then we'd do the paperwork.
What happened to me yesterday did not sit well and I am curious? Why would he take the responsibility and liability of opening the gun prior to my arrival or outside my presence? How do I verify the gun he gave me is actually mine if I don't see the mailing label on the packaging?
If I've already filled out the paperwork, had the check done, paid him, THEN see my gun and find it damaged, what then? I've always been told that you thoroughly inspect the gun prior to accepting it from your FFL to check for shipping damage or missing parts... but he essentially had me do exactly the opposite.
What is the standard for this transaction? Does the ATF have official guidance? I'm not sure if this is a big deal or not... it was such a departure from what I've experienced prior that I feel compelled to ask.
Last edited by SamNavy; October 1, 2012 at 06:57 PM.