This week I had a very amusing encounter with a woman wanting to consign her deceased husband’s gun collection. She requested numerous forms of identification and confirmation of who we were, even going so far as to ask if I had a written Code of Ethics. In turn when I requested her photo ID for the paperwork she flat out refused. I explained that in order to take her guns I had to have identification and that ATF requires it. She told me that I could have ATF call her if they needed to know who she was. I had to laugh at this. When I asked her for her email address again she refused. I certainly understand being cautious, but if you are about to entrust someone with something as valuable as firearms I don’t quite see the concern about giving out an email address. Maybe it’s just me.
Here are some simple facts about consignment: First and most important: You are not putting yourself or your family at risk by having strangers entering your home. Second: An FFL is going to ensure that the gun is sold by obtaining the proper requirements, whether a permit or background check. Third: The amount the firearm will be sold for should be fair market value. It does no good to overprice something that won’t sell — and in turn, consignment pays out by commission so the seller’s best interest is to price it to sell.
Consignment items are also a great way to purchase a gun at a good deal. Don’t forget that with consignment items you can usually make an offer. Don’t be shy — what do you have to lose?
During this holiday week I want you to remember that one act of kindness can change someone’s life for the better while one act of indifference can lead to the failings of another. We are each so powerful and so important that sometimes we forget that each and every action and each decision guides our path and changes it at every turn.
How many times have we forgotten that spending time just listening to those around you can open you up to so many wonderful things. There are no purchases that can replace you. There is no gift card that can make up for your absence. There is no amount of texting or emailing goofy gift cards that can replace the sound of your voice. We are humans and as messy and different and strange as we are, we are amazing.
Have a Merry Christmas and remember to laugh out loud and hug until it hurts!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.
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