Q: Earlier this year a customer came in to purchase a pistol from us. He received a NICS Denial. Later, the same customer took a concealed handgun carry class from us after he checked with the Arkansas State Police (the issuing authority on the CHCL) and they told him there was nothing that would prohibit him from obtaining the license (they also run NICS checks). We allowed the customer to complete the class, using his own firearm and ammunition (we would not sell him guns or ammo after the denial). Today, the customer informed us that the matter was cleared up and his Arkansas Concealed Handgun License has been issued to him. As an instructor, I know that the state of Arkansas runs NICS checks (in addition to other state-level checks) before issuing the license. It is also an exemption to the NICS check when purchasing a firearm. When a customer gets a denial, we no longer allow them to purchase firearms, ammunition, or range time from us. However, with the customer telling us that the matter has been cleared up and that he now has his license issued from the state (we have confirmed through the state that he was, in fact, issued a license), is he eligible to purchase firearms and ammunition through us again (and be able to use our range)? I asked him on the phone if he had received anything from the FBI indicating that he had successfully appealed a NICS Denial and he told me no.
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