Wal-Mart Complaint - Wal-Mart's Bad Gun Policy
MARINETTE, WISCONSIN -- The Federal standards for buying a gun is to do a background check before purchase. If after three days the check reveals nothing,most retailers will sell the gun as allowed by law. The law recognizes this as a reasonable time to determine ones request to lawfully purchase a gun. Wal-Mart has toughened the standards and chose to sell only after the FBI has cleared a sale. The FBI admits that this can go into an infinite loop. They say that they will look back as much as thirty years and if nothing is found,they can look again. I found the shotgun I wanted and was put on a delay list because of this policy.The delay list allows the FBI to search forever. I am not a felon nor a person who is banned from owning a gun. Between Wal-mart and The FBI, I would have not been afforded my second ammendment rights. Most dealers and stores do not have this policy. The best part of the story was I was able to find a better shotgun at another store. This means, I guess, that I did retain my rights. I would be very concerned, however, if there were more anti-constitutional organizations such as Wal-mart. The bottom line is Wal-mart is keeping honest citizens from purchasing guns while doing very little to deter criminals from purchasing guns. Criminals are denied immediately while red tape is hindering the legal buyer. Wal-mart claims thier policy is in place to keep shady individuals from buying guns at thier stores. If Wal-Mart was truely concerned, They would not sell guns at all. If Wal-Mart was a state run agency-they would be guilty of denying a citizen of thier constitutional right to bear arms. But they are a retailer and have a right to sell to who ever they want. Imagine how many people have to go through that unjustly wait.My application to purchase a shotgun to join a trapshooting club was submitted on 5/9/2004. I will post when the process is completed and Wal-mart says I can now buy one of thier guns.Today is 8/14/2004 and no word yet.