Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Found among my Grandfather's possessions are these two revolvers. The first is a Hi Standard Sentinel 9-shot .22. The second I believe to be a Smith and Wesson New Model #3. I was told the calibre was "38", so I'm not sure if that is .38-44 or .38-40 Winchester.
Anyway, the family wants them out of my Grandmothers house and so I'm having them transferred to me here in Northern Virginia. Transfer fees have turned into a freakin' racket! Virginia Arms doesn't take transfers from non-FFLs. NOVA Firearms charges $49 for each firearm. Blue Ridge Arsenal charges $50, but tacks on an extra $50 if you don't arrange it with them first. I settled with NOVA Armament, which charges $40 for the first and $20 for every additional gun.
These transfer prices are due to the rise of big Internet stores such as Impact Guns and Bud's Gun Shop undercutting the prices of the local dealers. In the process, people like me get shafted with unreasonable rates.
You would think that some enterprising person with start a transfer-only FFL business and undercut the other dealers. Because there would be no long term inventory, no store front would be required. With the going rate at $50, I think people would drive out of there way to pay a $20 fee.