Thursday, April 28, 2011

Walmart likes to make money.

From the WSJ, Walmart to start selling firearms in more of their stores.  They never completely stopped, except (so far as I know) in California.  And why did they stop in California?  Because the folks at Walmart couldn't manage to follow all the stupid California firearms sales transaction laws (start at Cal. Penal Code Sec. 12070 and read forth...see you in a year.)  Normally you would probably start making cracks about the folks that work at Walmart, but in fairness I know licensed FFLs in California that have to double-check the regs and guides when doing a transaction.

In free states you fill out at 4473, the clerk makes a call, usually gets an answer in a few minutes, and you're on your way out the door.  In California, you fill out the 4473, give a thumbprint, do the Hokey Pokey, ask Senator Fineswine "PRETTY PLEASE, MAY I?!", answer some other questions for the State, hand over your money, and then wait.  Ten days.  Ten long, painful, aggravating days.  So that Walmart folks were screwing up really does not surprise me. 

Here's to hoping that some of those stores will be in California, but I'm not holding my breath.  Then again, there is plenty of money in this state and Walmart wants money.  Sounds like a fair exchange to me.

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