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  1. The NICS Delays that the FBI are talking about are the delays that go beyond the 30 days that the background check is good for. Which makes a bcg check for some people pointless. The UPIN won't change a bcg check that takes, let's say 10 days, to become instant. I am in a group of FFL Dealers and they talk about the UPIN and delays. Many dealers have said that the UPIN didn't even help the customer clear faster, so most will just Transfer the firearm using the Brady Date. Wish we were allowed to do that in IL.
  2. There is so many facets to this story that I will try my best to explain the FTIP Process & NICS when it comes to a UPIN. 1. Because you went to multiple FFL Dealers and got Denied from each one, I am ruling out 99.9% that the FTIP Background Check was entered incorrectly. 2. These are the most common forms of Denial for a background check in IL: a. Felony b. Medical Marijuana Card c. Domestic/Order of Protection d. Reporting your FOID Card lost or stolen e. Identity Theft 3. A state that is in-charge of the background check system is known as a POC (Point of Contact). If the FFL Dealer has any problem with a bcg check, the dealer has to contact the POC, not FBI/NICS. So, I am very surprised the VAF took your case and issued you a UPIN # 4. The FTIP Program does not allow the IL-FFL Dealer to input a UPIN # as part of the bcg check process. If you have one, the dealer would more than likely call the FTIP bcg check in to ISP. 5. Typically, most Denials would grieve their Denial to ISP since they are the ones in-charge of the bcg check system. There is a process but I am not familiar with it. 6. Your UPIN #, did the FBI clear you of a crime/false crime since you said your bcg is clean? I ask because they usually will send you an official letter stating the "prohibition" was removed and sometimes issue you a UPIN # just in case. 7. Identity theft could be a reason why you are getting Denied. If your identity was stolen, someone could have committed crimes and been convicted using your name. That may be the reason why you are getting Denied.
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    Gun prices

    I sure will. Here's the distributor price for the S&W MP9 Shield Plus:
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    Gun prices

    Many gun dealers online/brick & mortar are selling below costs just to keep cash flow going through the books. Great for the consumer, you guys/gals ^^^, sucks for the small dealers who are trying to keep a little inventory in-stock. For the big Dawgs like Cabela's and Range USA, they can accept some losses and keep moving on...
  5. There is no PDF for dealers to use on this state form. I fill out the form for the customer on the parts that say; make, model, serial, caliber, and price. I ask the questions and fill out the form for the customer on the remaining questions; age, occupation, and purpose. I just have the customer sign-off on it and time-stamp it. And YES, I do allow snarky comments to go on the form... Age: discrimination, don't remember, etc... Occupation: male pole dancer, in-between jobs, etc... Purpose: 2nd Amendment, constitutional rights, hobby, fun, shooting cans on the farm, etc...
  6. To avoid the many different answers IL-FFL Dealers have been given, I photocopy a buyers FOID Card/CCL/Combo (whichever you have) along with your DL/SI. So, a digital one is not going to be good enough right now, things might change in the future. ATF does not require either doc, it's just Illanoy. I would be perfectly fine with it if it was for an ammo purchase, I would just input the #'s on the ISP ammo check system.
  7. Sticking strictly with the OPs question, you would devalue most historical firearms if you did anything to them besides repair them. The repair parts would have to be original or recognized amongst the 2A community as original spec replacement parts and having the factory broken parts is a plus. As far as modern firearms, embellishment is a positive for many potential customers...
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    It took mine 1 month, it would have been shorter but I did not fill out the RP. I figured why would you need a RP if it's a C&R License. The licensing branch emailed me, I filled one out, scanned, and emailed it in 20 minutes. They added it to my 01 & SOT file. It took 2 more weeks from that point to receive it.
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    In the NFA groups and the SOT Dealers said you can call ATF and convert it back to Title I firearm. For example an AR15 SBR, just buy a 16in upper and sell the old upper. You'll be out the $200 tax stamp.
  10. I am in Oak Lawn and my state senator & state rep have a huge majority of their district in the southeast side of Chicago, one of them going all the way out to Indian Head Park. If every single person in the suburbs voted Republican, each incumbent would still win by sizeable margins. With Oak Lawn being a 60-40 community voting Democratic, completely my opinion, that would seal the deal for each incumbent...
  11. As a home-based FFL 01/Class III Dealer, I have a part-time employee who puts in around 10hrs month. Her full-time job is @ Bass Pro, I am not worried about competing w/their firearm prices, I do very well when I sell at the gun shows and still pretty good when I sell in Cook County. It's their ammo prices that are tough to compete with and online firearm sellers in general. I am glad you still support local LGS, WE appreciate it...
  12. Since the Virus, small FFLs have competed and been cheaper than most online sellers all the way until recently. The issue is noone wanted to buy any 9mm ammo above $9/box for the past 2yrs. Now, if you're the guy who shoots alot and buys 2k-5k a summer to shoot steel matches, IDPA, USPSA, 3Gun, I get it. After 3yrs of business, many shooters buy ammo to shoot 300-400rds a year, 8 boxes. In 2019 at the gun shows, I was selling 9mm for $10/box. Guys would say I can get them for $9/box online, ok. You support small business but 3 more boxes of 9mm would last you the remaining of the year but I am "robbing you" because I charge $1 more. Or the guys who say I get them for $8/box if I buy 1K, yeah but didn't say shipping cost you $20. Right now, I am selling 9mm PMC for $18.14/box @ Will County Gun Show, with tax $20. Or $365 case, taxes included, pretty fair. I look at the same websites you guys are looking at and with taxes, shipping, whatever, factory 9mm is going between $350-$380. Many people say they support small business but I lost a sale for $4.11 3yrs ago and this past Thursday lost a sale because I was $5 too high vs RK Guns for a firearm I had in-stock and the customer stated she was within "walking distance." And that was paying the Cook County $25 tax. Sometimes you just have to say, whatever...
  13. Could someone explain how the state forced the maw & pop businesses out of carrying ammo?
  14. That is exactly what they told the Dealers this past Thursday in Naperville. ATF is on a mandate to shut down "Bad" dealers and a few IL Dealers said the ISP inspections recently, are getting more aggressive. Under this improved "Safe Storage Regulation," a dealer can have his license revoked for not a "safe storage device/case" for every firearm in his inventory.
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