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    Need an FFL

    With the boom in gun purchases, supply and demand is in full swing. Seems like all the FFLs are jacking prices up for transfers.

    Can anyone recommend an FFL in the greater Milwaukee area that still has reasonable prices? The guy I normally use just jacked up his fees, too.

    On a side note....

    While searching the interwebs for local FFLs, I noticed a few of them tack on an additional fee if your firearm doesn't include a gun/trigger lock. What's up with that??

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    Have you tried the FFL network on Gunbroker? Most list the prices they charge, if they quote you higher over the phone just note the price they have listed on Gunbroker and ask that they honor that price.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/FFL/DealerNetwork.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTolerance
    Can anyone recommend an FFL in the greater Milwaukee area that still has reasonable prices?
    I used gunbroker.com to find Kevin Wadhams in 'Tosa. 651-4570
    He might not have updated his prices there recently, but last I checked he was still the best value in the area.
    And to make the deal even sweeter, you can have breakfast / lunch / ice cream while you do paperwork, since he's based out of his diner.
    Sit on the stools & spin around. You know you want to.

    While searching the interwebs for local FFLs, I noticed a few of them tack on an additional fee if your firearm doesn't include a gun/trigger lock. What's up with that??
    I think (and I admit I may be wrong on this) it's some federal requirement.
    All the firearms I've bought (which, sadly, were lost in a tragic kayaking accident on Lake Michigan... or stolen by Milwaukee PD) whether new or used came with trigger locks, usually the stupid mini-cable lock variety that can be picked in under 30sec if you know what you're doing.
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    You could also try the FFL locator at Buds Guns.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    You could also try the FFL locator at Buds Guns.....
    And if you buy from Buds, they will ship to K Wadhams place in 'Tosa that MKEGAL mentioned, since they are a preferred FFL. Simply purchase the gun online there, select that FFL, and you just go in and fill out the paperwork/fee once it arrives. +1 from me.

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    The last time we used K Wadhams, we found him to be less than reliable (he blew off our appointment, and those of a few others that same day). Maybe that was an anomaly and I should try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTolerance View Post
    With the boom in gun purchases, supply and demand is in full swing. Seems like all the FFLs are jacking prices up for transfers.

    Can anyone recommend an FFL in the greater Milwaukee area that still has reasonable prices? The guy I normally use just jacked up his fees, too.

    On a side note....

    While searching the interwebs for local FFLs, I noticed a few of them tack on an additional fee if your firearm doesn't include a gun/trigger lock. What's up with that??
    I remember the 1980s or so star treck movie when Kirk Spock and Sulu return to earth and the US (back in time?) to collect a few whales to take back to the future. Before they left the ship, Kirk reminded them that " this is a paranoid society." So it is regulations ad nauseum ad infinitum, anything to get you to feel more burdened to carry your gun and charge you more.

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    My FFL charges $40..........$13 of that goes to the state for the backround check....he has overhead, fax costs, phone costs, and, is putting his @ss on the line, to accept firearms for someone else.....I don't think that it's so bad, really....

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    My FFL charges $40..........$13 of that goes to the state for the backround check....he has overhead, fax costs, phone costs, and, is putting his @ss on the line, to accept firearms for someone else.....I don't think that it's so bad, really....
    It's really not. Especially when compared to some of the local shops that are charging $75+ for the same service. But every dollar counts, you know? My guy was at $40 and bumped it up to $45 recently. 12.5% is not an egregious increase, but if I can get it done cheaper and as conveniently, I will.

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    I guess, with me, convenience trumps costs.....I like his setup, I feel safe and comfortable, know the area...and he deals with plenty of police, FBI, and others, retired from those professions......I like people that are on the up and up.....

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    I'm guessing we're talking about the same guy. I wish he didn't raise his prices.

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    If we are, I haven't heard anything..........

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    Or get an ffl yourself ! 200 bucks for 4 years (I think--I had mine for $90/4 yrs).....

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    Please let me know how I can do that....I believe that you have to have a storefront.......

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    From what I've heard, you need a storefront for your own peace of mind when it comes to compliance. With an FFL, you have to maintain control of the inventory and who has access. Gets real hard when its in your home, especially if kids live there or you're married.

    Just what I've been told. Haven't looked into it personally.


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