Note: To firearms sellers, your purchase permits only mean they may start the process of selling you a handgun. The retailer is still legally obligated to subject you to the The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The value of the purchase permit process? Virtually none, other than wasting your time, costing you more money, and raising your taxes in order to pay Sheriff's Office employees to process it.
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