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Old April 24, 2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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The way I understand it, if you have been arrested, but not convicted, the BATFE can refuse to "approve" you during a NICS background check. This gives them some time to check out the charges and see if they can lead to a conviction of something that would prohibit you from purchasing a firearm. If they don't give the dealer that called it in a denial within 3 business days, the dealer can transfer the firearm, but BATFE can come back at a later date and make the purchaser hand over the gun, if he is later convicted etc.

In a situation where someone has been arrested and charges dismissed or dropped, it is possible that BATFE doesn't have the disposition of action and the transfer can be delayed or denied for that reason.
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