Q: A couple came into the shop today. They are not married – simply boyfriend and girlfriend. The man has shot with us before at our range and owns other firearms. He is interested in a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 cal. He shot this gun on the range and decided he wanted to buy one. During their visit, we learned that his girlfriend is a felon. She never showed any interest in the gun, never fired it, and never assisted in the selection of the gun. I asked the couple if they were married and they told me they were not. As I was questioning them I learned that they are living together in the same house. However, the man told me that he absolutely knows that she cannot be anywhere in possession of the firearm and that he has to keep the gun locked up and away from her. At this point in the conversation, I?m still fine to sell the firearm to him. It?s his gun, he knows she can?t be in possession of the gun or a key to the gun safe, even though they are living together. The man filled out a 4473 and we ran his NICS check. It came back with a ?Delay?. We suggested that he put the gun on ?layaway? in the meantime (so we would have the money and would hold the gun for him until the delay ran its course). However, when we went to take actual payment, SHE handed us a Visa gift card. At this point I stopped them and told them that she could not pay for the gun in any way, shape, or form. The man wanted to know if he could return tomorrow to pay for it after payday (tomorrow is Friday). At this point, I?m not sure what to do?allow him to return with funds and complete the transaction (assuming the Delay goes to a ?Proceed? ? I think it will) or cancel the sale all together?
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