getting your info when buying ammo??

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    getting your info when buying ammo??

    there's this one lgs i go to that always "needs to take down your info" when buying ammo. they say, "we have to.". but i don't think any other lgs that i go to does it. i kinda feel like not going to them anymore. anyone have this happen? is it really mandatory?

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    Never happened to me before either.
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    Go buy some at another LGS and if they don't "need" your info tell the first place to pound sand.
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    Even in Massachusetts, the state with a 10 round limit and 10 lb trigger its not required but there are some GS's that try to take your info and not just check your LTC. Those shops are outed on a regional forum and boycotted not just for ammo but for everything.
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    ok, cool. i thought it was a little above and beyond their responsibility. i'll stop going there. thanks guys!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hek1620 View Post
    there's this one lgs i go to that always "needs to take down your info" when buying ammo. they say, "we have to.". but i don't think any other lgs that i go to does it. i kinda feel like not going to them anymore. anyone have this happen? is it really mandatory?
    It would depend on the state statues.

    I've purchased ammo at places that apparently had policies for taking the info down, but I've never provided such info. I'm sure many shops have cameras, though probably more for loss prevention than anything else.

    A shop "needs" such information about as much as I need to purchase anything from that shop.
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    Ask the clerk to show you where its required by law that they get your info.
    Be persistant, but polite, and if they do not, (which they can't) ask them if they are going to sell you the product or not, then leave if they don't.
    K Mart did that back in the 80's here in Michigan for pistol ammo, and for some reason they just abandoned sales of it all together shortly after.
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    Are you sure they are not verifying your age? If you appear to be young they may be verifying you are at least 21 for handgun ammo, etc.

    I don't have the problem of being carded anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hek1620 View Post
    there's this one lgs i go to that always "needs to take down your info" when buying ammo. they say, "we have to.". but i don't think any other lgs that i go to does it. i kinda feel like not going to them anymore. anyone have this happen? is it really mandatory?
    What info, precisely are they "taking down"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda View Post
    Are you sure they are not verifying your age? If you appear to be young they may be verifying you are at least 21 for handgun ammo, etc.
    Absolutely positive, in my case.
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    getting your info when buying ammo??

    I've had Walmart ask me what kind of gun I was going to be using this ammo for when buying 22lr. my answers vary from "none of your business" to "I'm going to eat with milk". they still sell it to me. sometimes they don't ask though so I'm not sure what its all about.

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    May be as harmless as consumer tracking for marketing/customer service. In that case the line "we have to" is just part of the script. Lots of retailers use that to get the info into the system.

    I remember being at a large retail chain that does this. They use your phone number as your reference number in case you need customer service. They also sell their database to marketing firms, which I didn't really want (this was before the 'no call list' when telemarketers were really in high gear). So I made up 7 quick digits.

    The clerk misheard me and asked me to repeat. I fired off 7 quick digits. She pointed out they didn't match and I replied "Feel free to plug in any numbers you'd like." She laughed and we talked a bit about why they have to ask and how cranky some folks had been over giving out their info.

    She understood, but had to ask as part of her job. She's responsible if the number's wrong and the customer complains!

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    Many retailers ask for phone numbers, and try to tout their plastic at checkout. I just tell them "decline" on the number, and not to bother with the rest of the spiel. Sears can be particularly annoying, at least locally.
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