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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.
  15. I did not know this as well, the IL State Police explained this to all the dealers this past Thursday, in Naperville, at the ATF/ISP Meeting. Since we are only allowed to sell long guns to residents of states that touch IL, that rule applies to ammunition also. The ISP also said that selling firearms and accessories that are legal to sell at the location that you conduct business, is also legal to sell to customers regardless of where they live. FFL Dealers are not required to enforce local ordinances, it is the job of the customer to know the laws of where they reside. So if any FFL Dealer refuses to sell you any firearms or accessories because you live in a restricted location, ie Chicago, that is there company policy not ISPs. ATF remained silent on that issue but their rules are similar, FFL Dealers must abide by the local, county, and state ordinances of where they conduct business, not the ordinances of the customer they sell to.
  16. IL FFL Dealers are not allowed to sell handgun ammunition to any person who does not reside in the state or have a FOID Card on a face to face transaction. IL Dealers are allowed to ship ammunition out of state as long as we follow all applicable laws. ISP is well aware of PCCs.
  17. I will say you are correct but other Big Box FFL's are on the same page. Rock River, Springfield, and Cabela's made a play on the 1st Gun Licensing Bill that was introduced...
  18. From yesterday's ATF/ISP Meeting: 1. No need to run a FOID Check for an ammunition purchase if the customer bought a firearm and received an Approval through FTIP, as long as its within the 30 days that the bcg check is valid. 2. According to ISP, no neighboring state SHOULD sell you any ammunition for any handgun, only long guns. And vice versa for IL Dealers selling to out of state sellers. ISP was made aware of PCC firearms.
  19. BINGO !!! This is one of the reasons why I stopped doing transfers, my transfer fee when I stopped was $30. A customer comes to fill out paperwork and gets delayed, 1st appt, then comes back once Approved for pick-up, 2nd appt. Now the biggest argument, even amongst dealers is, "it only takes 15 minutes." To be honest, yes it does, but I rarely have a customer who comes in for pick-up and takes 15 minutes. We bull$h!t, part of the business... If I, or any dealer, chased every customer out after the recertification signature was signed, you might not want to come back. Now the exceptions, I like to get in and get out, only happens about 10% of the time. I can run the bcg check b4 the firearm arrives, not only frowned upon, but the ATF made it clear yesterday that 'best practice' would be to wait for the firearm to arrive. If anything is wrong in Sec. A, then we don't accurately have enough info to run the bcg check. So, 70% of the time for me, every transaction takes 2 visits...
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    You'll probably have to either sell or surrender it b4 your license expires.
  21. Ernie's Arms Accessories Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Ph: (312) 217-3863 Email: erniesarmsaccessories@gmail.com Web: https://ealcala6110.wixsite.com/erniesarmsacc/online-store I sell my own firearms, accessories, and ammo and frequent most of the common gun shows in the Chicagoland 7 County Area. Now a CL III Dealer specializing in AOW NFA firearms, thanks to Benbow City Sports.
  22. 1. I will give you my take on this, I am a FFL 01 Dealer in Oak Lawn. Not familiar w/Cook County laws on this question but Chicago does have a gun rationing ordinance in the books. One handgun purchase per month unless you are one of the exempted few. 2. The 72hr waiting period begins upon agreement and it can be a simple phone call but it needs to be documented or memorialized. It is known as the Hurtado decision and the IL State Police answers that question in its FAQ. Dealers who do not honor the Hurtado decision are exercising their company policy, not federal or state law. 3. A 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 14th firearm can be added to an ATF 4473 Background Check Form as long as its in the 'open phase.' Which simply means the sale was not completed on the 4473 form. How is a sale completed on the 4473 form? When the dealer signs and dated it. I have transferred more than 10 firearms on a single transaction twice, I think 🤔. 4. The only reporting that I am aware of that involve a Multiple Sales Form must be sent to ATF & ISP on the same day that it occurs. Local ordinances may require it, for example, Hodgkins, IL. When I worked at Shoot Point Blank in Hodgkins (now Range USA) b4 I got my own FFL, they had to report MSF to the village. Since Oak Lawn is a home-rule authority, I don't have to follow any Cook County reporting requirements and laws except for that damn firearm & ammo tax. Mother @#$%&*...
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