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This sounds like the pawn shop is scamming you. There would be no resaon for them not to refund your money on this purchase. Also if you had a record that would deny you the right to purchase a rifle you would have received an official notice from the government with the opportunity to appeal the denial.
You may want to file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General for the fraud engaed in by this pawn shop.
You may also want to bring a small claims suit against the pawn shop for return of your money. The clerk of the court will have the forms that you need. You can also get information on the Small Claims Court process here:
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