Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- First – let's clear up one simple fact: a gun dealer can deny a firearms purchase anytime they want and for any reason. Period, end of sentence. This is often how straw purchases are stopped. A salesman overhears something suspicious and then refuses to do the sale.
In this video, posted by CHRIS KING MASON, a dealer refuses to sell him a gun. When pressed as to why the sale was being denied, the store owner, VANCE HOPKINS, said, “We have to follow all federal guidelines and we’re not gonna sell you a gun.”
In the video, Mr. Mason, who is black, is saying that the gun store, Hopkins Gun & Tackle, is stereotyping him. If, by stereotyping, Mason means not selling a gun to a black man, that accusation fails. In the video, as Mr. Hopkins is walking over to the phone to call the police, the camera briefly shows another black man in the process of buying a gun from another salesman!
Mr. Mason keeps badgering Mr. Hopkins and finally leaves before the police arrive to enforce a trespass charge.
Whether the sale should have been denied or not, I have no way of knowing. But the denial doesn't appear to be racially motivated, as the ibtimes.com seems to imply in the link that follows.
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