Ever had one of those sick to your stomach feelings?
Not sure where this one goes so feel free to re-post appropriately!!
I have been hanging around gun shops as long as I can remember and I can honestly say I have never encountered what I saw yesterday. I went in to one of my more favorite gun stores to pick up my wife's after Christmas present (okay maybe I just told myself that my wife needed a Sig 229).
As I was looking over the stock of Sigs there was an elderly woman that was purchasing a S&W snubbie. The sales guy was showing her the pistol and as she is looking at the gun; she points it at the sales guy and pulls the trigger three times before he can get out of the way. He calmly explains to her the error in her ways and her response was "its not loaded why does it matter". The other sales guy comes over and casually asks her why she is buying the gun. She looks at him like he is the devil and doesn't respond. After several more insane exchanges with this woman she decides to buy the gun. I couldn't help myself but after witnessing this woman's total lack of firearms understanding I had to give the name of several firearms instructors. She looks at me without a single word and just rolls her eyes. She finalizes the purchase of the gun and then asks the sales guy if he will load it for her. At this point everyone in the shop is getting just a tad nervous. He explains to her that its is against FFL regulations for him to load the pistol. She asks him again about four times and every time he tells her he can't do it. She is quite annoyed and then tells him to just give her some ammo. Luckily, they were out of ammo for a .38. She gets upset and then takes her new pistol and leaves. After she left the four of us left in the gun store were talking about it and the consensus was that she was either going to off herself or someone else (yeah I know we are such pessimists). The poor guy that sold her the gun who has been in the industry for more years that he can count had a bad feeling about the transaction and started thinking he should have refused to sell her the pistol.
So with all that said. What do you guys think? Should a gun store be able to refuse to sell you a gun based on what transpired? What would you do in that situation if you were the salesperson?
Would have refused sale...
Personally, I would have refused to sell her the gun. The part where she pointed it at me and pulled the trigger three times would have done it for me. If she wants to shoot herself or somebody else I can't stop her, but not in my store with my merchandise. Let the gun store down the street deal with her.