Helena Ubinas of the Philadelphia Daily News was featured on CNN presenting her experience purchasing a weapon. The big point of this article is that it took only 7 minutes to buy an AR-15.
Note, however, she defines that as starting when she turned over her id.
That means she had already selected the firearm and filled out the detailed federal form.
She states she was asked few personal questions – why would a store clerk ask questions that are none of their business when she is filling out a federal form that gets all her pertinent data, and the clerk knows that he is about to run her id through a federal database for the required background check?
So she is complaining that the automated part of the system was too fast? (It can take 3 days.)
She is implying that the process is too easy by picking a segment of time that seems short, and not counting the time the rest of the process required. The fact is that during the entire process, she filled out a detailed federal form, her id was compared with her to confirm she was the person in the id picture, The information on the form was compared to her id, then the form was processed through the national database.
The background check being automated at that point should be very quick.
I have a CHL, and therefore I am pre-screened and bypass most of the process, yet the last time I purchased a rifle at a major chain store it took me almost an hour to get to the point she describes as beginning her “7 minutes”.
When people seek to deceive by using “facts”, you have to analyze their very specific statement to see where they are misleading you.
“The devil is in the details.”
See the video below: