The latest little campaign that has sprung from the febrile mind of Shannon Watts is against Cabelas. It's entitled, "Tell Cabela's: No Completed Background Check, No Gun Sale."
Tell @Cabelas to delay gun sales until background checks are completed #NoCheckNoSale pic.twitter.com/kwBsDEqen7 @MomsDemand #gunsense— Shannon (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2015
Unlike Little Ms. Shannon and her acolytes, I have actually purchased a firearm at Cabelas. I bought a used FN Mauser in 6.5x55 at the Greenville, SC store last year. As I'm sure Linoge would attest, Cabelas is not slack when it comes to gun sales.
Let me take you through the process as I remember it. Also bear in mind that I have a NC CHP which is accepted as a substitute for the NICS check in North Carolina. I also have a Curios & Relics FFL which could have allowed Cabelas to ship that Mauser to my door if I had gone that route.
First, the clerk wrote up the sale. He then took me, my ID, and the firearm to another sales counter to start the NICS check process. I was turned over to a specialist who handled the Form 4473 paperwork which was actually on the computer. After I filled out the computer screen, it was checked for accuracy. Then it was checked again by a manager. I remember having to wait until an authorized manager was available. Once she gave the OK, it was submitted to the FBI in Parkersburg, WV.
It came back OK. Duh! A manager gave the authorization to complete the sale.
Now I actually pay for the Mauser. After I paid for it, a manager walked me and the firearm out of the store. From time the transaction began until I walked out the door was close to 30 minutes.
Shannon, please tell me again how Cabelas is being a slacker when it comes to firearms transactions.
I also note that you are addressing your petition to Thomas Millner who is the CEO of Cabelas. I have one word for you - Zumbo.
Prior to becoming the CEO of Cabelas, Tommy Millner was the CEO of Remington Arms for 10 years. He was CEO of Remington when Jim Zumbo stepped on it. He pulled Remington's sponsorship of Zumbo's TV show within a matter of days after Zumbo called the AR-15 a "terrorist rifle". Millner saw the outraged response of the gun community and he listened.
So Shannon, let me pose this simple question to you. Do you think Tommy Millner and Cabelas is going to kow-tow to you and your airhead friends OR is he going to put his business at risk?
I think we all know the correct answer.
UPDATE: Linoge posted this on Facebook regarding the differences between a denial and a hold/delay in a NICS check. He worked the Gun Library at Cabela's for a while so I think he knows of what he speaks. The key thing is that the default in the NICS check is "yes". He gave me permission to reprint it.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are harassing Cabela's for abiding by federal law?
Let's make something clear here - an FFL making a sale on an "incomplete" background check is breaking the law. Period dot.
Cabela's doesn't sell people guns if they don't complete their background checks. I should know. I helped with those background checks.
Furthermore, a "hold / delay" in the background system is NOT an "incomplete" background check.
For those not in the know, the background checks you submit to whenever you purchase a firearm from an FFL - ANY FFL at ANY location, including gun shows - can have one of three responses.
1. Approved. Congratulations. You're either not a criminal, or you don't share enough identifying characteristics with a criminal, and you're allowed to purchase a firearm.
2. Denied. Suck. You're either a criminal, or you share enough identifying characteristics with a criminal, and you can't buy that gun. You can, however, appeal the decision. I know of perfectly law-abiding folks who ONLY ever get this response, and it gets overturned every time. The system is that broken.
3. Delayed. Wat? Well, the FBI - you know, the owners of the NICS system - have an explanation of this right here: https://www.fbi.gov/…/federal-firearms-license…/a-nics-delay Basically it boils down to NICS is not willing to say the person's clean, but can't find any reason to deny him, so they're going to go do some more homework. If the FFL doesn't hear anything from NICS after three full business days have elapsed, they are allowed to lawfully transfer the firearm to the buyer.
That is not an "incomplete" background check, as the blithering imbeciles at the anti-rights organizations are trying to get everyone to believe. That is a background check that failed to discover any disqualifying problems in the buyer's history, and, as such, cannot prevent the person from purchasing the firearm.
Simply put, the government doesn't give us the permission to buy firearms. They only tell FFLs if we're not allowed to - the default, however, is "yes", as it absolutely should be in the free, permissive society that America is supposed to be.
Suffice to say, statists like the ignorant tools at Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Bans want the equation to work the other way.