Back over the Christmas holidays I had a FFL drop the ball. They received a firearm transfer on a Wednesday and it was not available for pickup until Sunday. To this day I have never understood what their deal was and always wondered if that was even an acceptable practice. I’ll expand on the story and you can be the judge of whether I should have been outraged or kept my cool. The package was an instructor firearm and I had used this particular FFL before for these transactions and they had went flawlessly. So with this order they split the order into two with one shipping immediately and the other when the firearm was ready. The firearm was a long gun and arrived at 1:04pm on a Wednesday. I called about 3pm and asked if they were ready for me to pick it up and they said they would call when it was available. On Thursday I received no call and so I emailed and received no response. On Friday I decided to go by and was told, “Everyone is backed up like this,” which I know to be a bold faced lie. They did locate the box with my firearm, still unopened and not checked in, but there. They said it would be at least Sunday before it was available. Sure enough, late Sunday afternoon I got the call. I just don’t find five days to be acceptable and certainly not two full days of the package just sitting there unopened.
Fast forward to the second shipment of the order which shipped earlier this week. It arrived at the FFL on Friday at 11:23am. I had actually called and tried to get the FFL changed for the order, but that would have required cancelling the order and I did not want to deal with all that headache. So I did not receive a call on Friday, the phone didn’t ring on Saturday and here we are on Sunday morning and I wonder if the phone will ring today or will it be like last time and sometime next week I’ll get a phone call at a time where it is impossible to go pickup the gun. I am confident this will be the last FFL transfer this business will ever receive from me and I will ensure everyone I meet who asks about a transfer will be told to steer clear of this business. I just cannot believe the ATF allows firearms to be received and stuck in the back for days at the time without being logged in to their bound book. Stay tuned.