Background check part of online purchase

info@islandpacket.comApril 29, 2013 

On April 23, a letter writer states that you can buy an automatic rifle online without a background check. That is true, as far as it goes. He doesn't expound on the whole process. If you purchase a weapon online, you will be asked for the information for your dealer with a federal firearms license. The weapon will be shipped to that dealer. When you arrive to pick up your weapon, you will be asked to furnish a South Carolina driver's license. If you have a concealed carry permit, that also must be presented. The concealed carry permit means that you have already undergone a background check by the State Law Enforcement Division. That number and the numbers of the weapon will be recorded by the dealer. If you do not have a concealed carry permit, the dealer will have you complete and sign a form and take the information from your driver's license and then run a background check. If it's OK, you can pick up your weapon. If it's not OK, you will not get it. So if we're going to put something in print as fact, let's make sure we are, in fact, doing just that. If the intent is to make half a statement and leave out the rest of the information, I'd say that's being disingenuous. Bud Cox Yemassee

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