Q: We had a woman purchase a rifle online (a 22lr SCAR clone) from Sportsman’s Guide a couple months ago which was sent to us to transfer. When she attempted to pick up the rifle she was denied on her NICS check. She claimed there was a mistake and was going to get it corrected. Fast forward to last week, the woman finally returns to the store to say she cannot get her status cleaned up as fast as she wants (whatever that means) and asks my clerk if her husband can pickup the gun instead. Of course my clerk says no and educates the customer about straw purchases. The woman opts to instead send the rifle back to Sportsman’s Guide and we get it sent back out for her. I assumed we were done at this point. Then yesterday I get a call from the compliance dept. of Sportsman’s Guide letting me know he suspects a straw purchase may have just happened from them. Apparently the woman’s “husband” just ordered the exact same gun. Based on the way all of this has played out I am feeling very sure that she/they are trying to commit a straw sale. Obviously, we will not be completing the transfer, but I am wanting to know if we should alert ATF or any local LEOs of what seems to be going on.
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