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Store owner uses background checks, instincts in gun sales

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

With the recent shootings on college campuses, the issue of legal gun purchases has been in the news a lot lately.

What exactly are the rules in our state for buying a gun?

Glen Duncan is the owner of Duncan’s Outdoor.

"From the time you walk in until the time you walk out it's probably about an hour," Duncan said.

He said if you're looking at walking out of his store with a gun you need to have a state ID or driver's license. Then, you fill out a federal form, answering 19 questions, and then a separate state form.

Then your information is sent in for a federal background check.

But did you know that a bad driving record could prevent you from owning a gun in our state?

Duncan said if you're going to get into a fender bender make sure that you don't take out that mailbox.

"You do damage to government property and you're really out of it," Duncan said.

Duncan said federal authorities will look at your history all the way back to your first time driving.

If your caught drunk driving, or having too many accidents, you don't have a shot at legally owning a gun. And even if your paperwork comes back clean, if Duncan believes you're up to no good, he won't sell you anything.

"The customer will tell you a lot of times if he's got problems," Duncan said. "And so because I am a federal firearms dealer, I can deny you if I think that you are going to cause problems to the government, cause problems to yourself."

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