Yes there are instant criminal background checks and everything, but that doesn't mean FFLs don't have to exercise some judgement when deciding whether or not to sell a gun to someone. I was wondering what thoughts people had about this issue. I was at a gun show once where a lady approached a dealer to buy an SWD-11, semi auto MAC-11. While his assistant was getting form 4473 ready, he informed her that he was not comfortable selling it to her. "Can you do that?" "Yes I can, and I'm supposed to." or something like that. Well she became indignant, cried race, and stormed out of there. Here's what went through my mind for the rest of the day: I'd be concerned about anyone who so quickly, without examining the weapon carefully, without asking questions, without displaying knowledge about what they were buying, asked to buy such a serious weapon. I'd at the very least be concerned about their level of safety in operating it. And of course there are concerns about criminal intentions of some sort. But it would be a pretty hard decision for me in any circumstance. What I later found out: Apparently she had approached other dealers about similar weapons, all of whom were suspicious of her and spread word to the others. I saw her with several other people and it's been suggested to me that she was planning to buy it for someone else, illegal to do with a pistol w/o NICS, and possibly for someone who couldn't pass NICS. I also learned that that particular dealer "hates blacks". I've tried to think of what I'd do in a situation where I was suspicious. Or how to make sure I'm not fooled by people who put on a responsible front. I've thought they should be asked what shooting experience they've had and if they've ever had safety instruction. I'd also give them all kinds of information to help in choosing a firearm, and if they get impatient, that may be a clue. I'd consider telling them to please come back after doing their homework on the subject. But those are just my ideas. I've never been in the gun business. The only guns I've sold privately are rifles, and one buyer was a dealer and the other carried another rifle he bought that bore the "OK to release" sticker, meaning that he'd just gone through NICS. He was also patient, showed me his CCW, driver's lisence, and signed my little private transfer form saying he could legally buy a gun and knew what he was buying. I gave him a slip saying I was the legal owner. The last thing I'd want would be to be branded a racist, since I'm absolutely not, and also because in my region that would kill my business. Neither would I want to deny a gun to a responsible citizen just because of a stereotype. If such a customer would listen, I'd explain that a safety error can kill anyone, including members of my family and theirs. But if they don't listen... I dunno. So what do you guys think?