Re: maybe she should have stuck to the housewares aisle
If I was her I woulda whipped out my cell and called corporate. Right then, right there.
Having said that, a gun dealer can refuse to sell a gun to anyone at any time for any reason or no reason at all. And in this day and age of ATF "stings", if you THINK there's anything hinky about it, a lot of 'em will turn it down.
Had a feller come in smelling of reefer. Obviously had been blowing one when he pulled into the parking lot. He asked to see a gun and I told him no, and to get the hell of the store.
Another time a guy and girl came in. He picked out the gun. She just stood there. When the decision was made, and the 4473 hit the counter, she stepped up. We took the gun and paper back and told 'em to get out of the store.
I realize the problem. If I'm helping someone chose one, because I am much more experienced with them than they are, but when it comes time to do the paper I hand it to them, it damn sure looks like a straw purchase. I get it. But, if I was the clerk and saw what I just described, I'd kick 'em out of the store. It's not worth a possible sale and a couple hundred bucks profit versus your license and livelihood.
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and taste good with catsup - George of Lod, Year of Our Lord 297
I always take precautions.
Beware the Evil Bullet Fairies.