Finally my new handgun arrived to my new FFL yesterday but it was not till today that I was able to go retrieve it. I fill the new and improved ATF Form 4473 , presented all my IDs and waited for the guy to call FDLE for my Brady Background check……and waited…..and waited (I figure about 15-20 minutes for that “instant check”)… and it came back DENIED.
I had a spot of trouble once some years ago when in another background check, whomever was on the line had to recheck my name with my SSN because there are several people with my same appellative that are less than Law Abiding, but other than an extra minute on the phone, the background check went without a hitch.
The clerk at the store told me that he was informed several people with my same name appeared as prohibited persons and that is why I was denied. I know the clerk gave the genius on the other side my full SSN so there is no frigging legal reason why I had to be denied. The only “excuse” I can imagine is that they are flooded with background checks and they are in the “fuck it” mode of operations.
I took it personally. I had several background checks after that first issue and not only for guns but for other licenses that required background checks and never had one single solitary problem. How dare some taxpayer-funded customer service nitwit dares to call me a felon? Yes, I am still pissed off 12 hours after the fact.
So now I have to appeal the denial by filling the FDLE 40-020 form, get fingerprinted and send it to Tallahassee. I was given a really bad photocopy of the form at the gun shop so I went online at the FDLE Purchase program and get a better one when, Surprise! two-thirds or more of the links simply did not work including the link for the form.
The only shiny moment was when I emailed the FDLE’s webmaster and alongside the very quick reply about fixing the links, he sent me a copy of the form. How long will it take for FDLE to process the appeal and fix their screw up? Who knows, but in the meantime there is a little gun crying alone in a safe somewhere in South Florida.
And it also really pisses me off that the Bradys and CSGV will use my part on the statistic to lie about how many criminals get rejected by the “Instant” Background Check. Then again I’ll be living proof about the stupidity of their claims.