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What it takes to own a gun

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So what is the background check process?
Director James Comey said incomplete and inaccurate paperwork related to an arrest of roof two weeks before the shooting allowed him to purchase the gun.
I talked with Dawson road Pawn shop today about the process of a customer purchasing a gun.

Pawn shop owner Jason Sheffield sells guns every day, and some buyers don't have to pass a full background check.

“If you do not have a carriers permit then we have to call in a background check to the FBI. And then they’re going to verify that you don’t have any outstanding warrants you’re not going through any kind of legal battles,” said Jason Sheffield.

Dylan Roof did have a pending charge.  Gun owner Pat Nole thinks more should be done to keep people like Roof from getting guns.

“Too many people that may have gotten a charge just before they get in and they haven’t went through the process yet. If something is pending I think there should be a hold on it. I think the process could be a little bit better,” said Pat Nole.

Under current regulations customers can walk in the store empty-handed, and walk out the same day fully-loaded.

"It doesn’t take a lot of time. If you are interested in purchasing a weapon and that’s holding you back don’t let that hold you back from purchasing a weapon,” said Sheffield.

Sheffield is surprised the FBI didn’t catch the charge during the process, but he knows it’s not a perfect system.

“There are some mistakes on the law enforcement end. Sometimes they enter information in wrong, but usually they do it right and usually its legit whenever they get denied,” continued Sheffield.

Sheffield said only 5% to 10% of buyers at his store get denied.  For most, the background check is easy and instant.

“I think the first time I did it I had a delay. Too many calls or something. But they called back in a couple of days and I was able to come back and get my firearm,” said Nole.
 

Jason Sheffield said it usually takes a gun buyer about 10 minutes to fill out the paperwork, and it takes him about 10 minutes to call and verify if they're a legal buyer.  Then he can make the sale.

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