• June 13, 2024

Are You Ready? Biden’s War On Guns Could Lead To Strict Changes In Gun Sellers’ Policies…

A fishing reel was taken to the Bass Pro Shop in Tampa last week by Cecil Trimble, a 35-year-old restaurant manager, to be re-spooled with fresh line. While he waited, he walked over to the gun section and found the item of his most current desire right away.

For weeks, Trimble had been looking for a SIG SAUER P365 XMACRO. The issue was that everyone else had as well. Trimble didn’t think twice when Bass Pro demanded roughly $800 for the 9mm pistol.

In order to avoid a waiting period, he informed the salesperson that he wanted it, filled out Form 4473, and presented his Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

Trimble planned to leave the store with his new pistol in a matter of minutes because he had previously bought multiple firearms from Bass Pro Shop.

“The clerk came over and told me, ‘The ATF has approved you, but we’re denying the purchase,’” Trimble told the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project earlier this week.

Trimble begged to know what was happening because he was shocked. The salesperson claimed Trimble’s brother-in-law had attempted to purchase a pistol at the store a month earlier but had self-denied on the 4473, probably as a result of misreading a question. Sadly, Trimble’s brother-in-law, who had previously resided with him, moved out but neglected to update his address on his driver’s license.

“I asked the clerk how this had anything to do with me, and he said it was Bass Pro’s policy not to sell any firearms to anyone living at the same address as someone who has been denied,” Trimble said. “He hasn’t lived there for three or four years. I get the straw purchase thing, but he tried to buy a $200 revolver and I was trying to buy an $800 9mm.”

“The firearms manager agreed with me, but could not get the GM of compliance on the phone to talk this out,” Trimble said. “As it stands now, I or anyone living at my address are barred from buying firearms from Bass Pro ever again.”

Trimble emphasized that his brother-in-law is a Florida CWFL holder, a retired military member, and not a restricted person. Trimble claimed that the man must have misread a question on Form 4473. The staff was unyielding.

“My main gripe is this: what if I moved into an apartment and the previous tenant was denied? According to Bass Pro, I couldn’t disprove it’s not a straw purchase, and I can never buy a gun from them again,” Trimble said.

Multiple phone calls and emails to Jarron Ritchie, general manager of the Bass Pro Shop facility in Tampa, seeking their comments for this article were not returned.

To contact the directors of weapons compliance at Bass Pro, callers were forwarded to their corporate communications team, who didn’t return the call.

After numerous calls to the Tampa store’s gun department, “Joe,” who claimed to be one of the store’s managers, finally agreed to a brief interview. Joe refused to give his last name.

He attempted to put the blame on the ATF at first, but he later acknowledged, “We do keep a data log on this.” He refused to talk about or provide their company background check policy, though.

“Again, sir, we are talking about things that I at the store level am not allowed to go into,” Joe said.

Remember that a gun dealer has the right to refuse to transfer a firearm to anyone for any reason. In actuality, they don’t require an excuse to decline a deal.

A war on gun sellers has also been declared by the Biden-Harris administration. Since Biden took office, the number of revocations of federal firearm licenses has surged by more than 500%. A big-box gun retailer like Bass Pro would suffer catastrophic consequences if the ATF was able to have its FFL revoked. So it makes sense that the sporting goods business would want to handle handgun transfers with extreme caution.

However, in this instance, Bass Pro’s concerns about a straw purchase are not very valid. The majority of straw purchases involve the same gun, not a $200 revolver and then a $800 9mm, and they typically take place within 72 hours of a refusal rather than a month later.

The following day, Trimble was able to locate and buy a P365 from a nearby gun shop. He was reminded of another corporate blunder by the entire situation.

“Remember when Dick’s became anti-gun? This could be a slippery slope like Dick’s went through,” Trimble said. “They’re not preventing straw purchases. I answered that question on a federal form, which should be good enough. Bass Pro told me I’d get a call back from them the next day. I’m still waiting for that call.”

Although Bass Pro is legally free to create any policies it wants, it should also be prepared to defend them if the general public asks. Dick’s still accomplished that even at the height of their insanity.

The Daily Allegiant