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The gun buying process and safety

Jun 08, 2022 06:26AM ● By Editor
People must fill out Form 4473 before buying a gun. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV • June 8, 2022

Senate negotiations are intensifying on a gun safety bill. The proposals are gaining traction, but also raising concerns from Democrats and some advocacy groups who are pushing senators to do more, faster, to stem the tide of mass shootings across the nation.

Guns are part of the Northland culture, especially when it comes to hunting. At Superior Guns And Ammo, Terry Skutevick said one of the first steps to buying a gun is picking one out. 

"Once we find the gun they want, we'll take them over and we're going to do a federal form 4473," Skutevick described. "This is the national background check we hear a lot about." 

The form asks about things like drug use, prior arrests, and domestic violence. 

"They have to answer all these questions, sign and date it, certifying that they're not lying on here," Skutevick said. "If they do get caught lying, they can get a $10,000 fine or a 10-year imprisonment."

He then adds details about the particular gun they want to buy: the make, model, serial number, and caliber. 

Next, he calls the information in to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. An operator will review it and tell him whether to proceed with the sale, delay it, or deny it. 

In Wisconsin, if it's approved, you can take the gun home with you. 

From that point, for many hunters, it's all about gun safety. 

"I've always been around guns, but my family started us off when we were young around guns and getting us realizing how important and how dangerous they were," WDIO Chief Meteorologist and avid hunter Justin Liles explained. 

Hunters like him are big proponents of hunter certification courses. 

"I still have my hunter certification number," Liles said, remembering taking the course in his teens. 

Another local hunter told us the emphasis should be on training to use a gun as a tool and use it responsibly. 

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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