2 months, 2 weeks ago
Lessons learned from one man’s struggle to challenge a gun purchase denial from the National Instant Check System give insights into how difficult it can be for a citizen to clear his name once the government has decided he’s a “prohibited person.” Fortunately, an Anchorage medical professional and “avid gun collector” [name withheld at his request] had the savvy, the wherewithal and the persistence to successfully fight a bureaucratic denial of his right to arms.
David later observes that “He did not submit prints until after the rejection and he got them for his CCW. He wanted additional evidence to challenge the denial. That means the original rejection looks like it was based on confusing him with someone else who was prohibited and whose prints were thus in one of the system they had checked — and when the dr. sent his in, they realized they did not match with the source they had used to reject him.”
Whatever. There is no excuse for this. First of all, the perfect solution is to get rid of the entire 4473 and NICS process, along with the ATF. That way, there is no chance that rights will be denied by the federal government.
But since this is the mess in which we currently live, imagine the worst, most bureaucratic, most intransigent, and least concerned that a government body can be, and that’s what you have here. I’m frankly amazed that he ever got his rights back. His persistence served him well.
See folks, this is why we can’t have nice things.