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Hunting/Shooting Sports Department Info
Along with the firearms themselves, Yeager’s carries all variety of shooting accessories including magazines, scopes and mounts, targets, supplies for cleaning and maintaining your firearm, eye and ear protection and gun safes. We have ammo and reloading supplies as well.
We also carry several top-name hunting and utility knives – don’t leave home on your next outdoor adventure without one.
Firearms Sale Facts
FACT: In order to sell firearms anywhere in the U.S. a dealer must apply for, be vetted for, and be issued a Federal Firearms License by the Bureau of Alcohol Tax Firearms and Explosives (ATF). There are several types of FFLs and the one under which Yeager’s operates does not allow for the possession or sale of automatic firearms but does allow for the sale of semi-automatic rifles pistols and shotguns.
FACT; In order to sell firearms in the state of Washington, we are also required to have a state license issued by the Department of Licensing.
FACT: In order to sell firearms in the city of Bellingham, we are each also required to have a permit issued by the Bellingham Police Department.
FACT: In order for a person to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer anywhere in the U.S. that person must present themselves to the dealer in person, must fill out an ATF Form 4473 and present some form of government issued identification such as a driver’s license. This form has very specific questions about the buyers legal and mental status and fraudulent answers on the form can be subject to prosecution. We must maintain these forms for 20 years or until we stop selling firearms at which time we must surrender them to the ATF. We are also required to give copies of these forms to any law enforcement agency that requests them.
FACT: Before we can actually issue the firearm to the buyer, we are required to get a telephonic approval from the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). If they tell us to “Proceed” we can then issue the firearm. If they give us a “Delay” we must hold the firearm until they get back to us with a “Proceed” or a “Deny. This can take up to three days.”
We are not allowed to know the reason for the “Delay” or the “Denial” but denials must be reported to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
FACT: For the purchase of a handgun, there is an additional step in the process. We must submit a Pistol Transfer Application on line to the state and by FAX to local law enforcement. This form requires a ten-day waiting period for the approval or disapproval of the actual transfer of the handgun, unless the buyer has already been vetted by local law enforcement and issued a Concealed Pistol License which allows for immediate transfer of the handgun subject to the same NICS check mentioned above. This permit must be renewed periodically.
In Washington State, private transfers outside of immediate family are subject to all the same regulations.
ADDITIONAL FACTs: Yeager’s management attends seminars annually to ensure that we are up to date on the pertinent regulations pursuant to the sale of firearms. Further we hire consultants to visit our store each year to conduct an audit to ensure that we are in compliance. These consultants are themselves retired ATF agents.
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Meet Shelly Newell
Shelly was born and raised in Whatcom County. She started camping and fishing when she was just a little girl; every year her family would take a trip to Sekiu, WA and her father and grandfather took her saltwater fishing. Even today, she remembers the first halibut she ever caught: it weight 14lbs and it seemed like a monster to an 8 or 9 year old Shelly. Shelly began big game hunting around age 15, going for bear, deer, elk, and even cougar. She primarily hunts modern rifle, but goes muzzleloader as well. Her true joys in life are her family, including 11 grandchildren, and being outdoors—whether it is fishing, camping or hunting, it is all great! She is happy, and eager to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested. Email Shelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org