I've been over here for about four and ahalf years and have had my permanent resident card for nearly three years. I have a CHL and I would say that I have bought around 10 guns thorugh FFL's in my time.
My CHL permit has always exempted me from the NICS process, so other than the first two guns I bought, everything else has required no check since I had my CHL by then.
Now, my wife is getting her CHL, so she decided that she likes my Sig P239. So, I decide I need another gun and decided on a GLOCK 23.
Went down to my local gun store today, handed over my CHL, green card, Drivers licence and three months of bills (like I have so many times before) and they say that they have to call it in. I reminded them I have a CHL and have bought many guns in the past, including from there and have never had to have it called in before.
The FFL even went and double checked. She said that now, apparently they check for 'activity on my green card' to see if I have done any travelling. That is to say, if I go to the UK for a vaction, I get a 'Deny'. Even though I have a CHL and haven't had to have a NICS check in a long time. I haven't been out of the country since I got here in 2002, but I still got a 'Delay'
Now, I have never heard of this 'rule'. Personally, I think she may have an overzealous local ATF reperesentative. I'm curious to know if other Permanent Residents have had similar issues recently.
Despite the recent citizen\Permanent resident thread and whatever your views may be, what we have here is a potential case of BATFE implementing new 'laws' that are not on our statutes.
I'm not so concerned about the practicalities of the delay. I have no shortage of protection and would not have been able to range test it until next weekend, but it's the principle. It's this thin end of the wedge crap that leads to bigger, wider reaching rules.
Any comments welcomed.