Before any purchase is made, the buyer must fill out a form for an instant criminal background check. With one call to a 1-800 number, Borchers is able to find out within five minutes whether the buyer is legally allowed to possess firearms.How does that work exactly? Is that some secret phone number that only FFL guys have? Is this the thing pro gun folks are always saying should be opened up to everyone?
He also doesn't allow "for sale" signs on any guns entering the show; only pre-registered vendors are allowed to make sales.
"There is also no selling in the parking lot," he said. "I don't want people opening up the back of their pick-up truck and selling from there. Ever since I started five years ago, I've never allowed that."
Mr. Borchers, and people like him are the reason Vermont has a good reputation. It's not the absense of laws, like many say. It's the quality of the people. Here's a guy who voluntarily adheres to norms which are mandated in other States, where they're generally ignored.
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