Longmont, Colorado gun shop trains workers to look for warning signs

LONGMONT, Colo. (KDVR) -- At Grandpas Pawn and Gun in Longmont, passing a background check doesn’t mean it will sell a firearm.

Many questions have been raised about the mental status of a teenager who legally purchased an AR-15 then allegedly opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 15 people.

At the Longmont shop, clerks have been trained to watch for signs of trouble.

“Rule No. 1 is to know who you are handing this gun to because you don’t know what could happen at any moment," said Christopher Lewis, who is a gunsmith and salesman.

Colorado gun shop trains employees to look for warning signs

Colorado gun shop trains employees to look for warning signs
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Colorado gun shop trains employees to look for warning signs
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Clerks have been trained to detect warning signs that a gun application won’t catch.

Jake Tiff, who also sells guns at the shop said some people are, “Just real off. You know they are looking around, looking over their shoulders. They’re looking at your cameras. They’re looking at you seeing if your armed. They’re just real flighty. You can sense it.”

At that point, the customer is turned away.

The clerks at Grandpas will also call other stores and let them know about the person they say is showing signs of trouble.

“I’d rather tell a hundred guys no than give a gun to a guy that I have reasonable belief he’s going to go use it for misdeeds," Lewis said.

At Grandpas, knowing when to say no is the right thing to do.

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