I happen to live in a place with a 5 DAY waiting period !!!
Know what else is REALLY stupid ? If you just bought a gun recently. The purpose of the wait period is so someone doesn't buy a gun in anger and walk out still mad and go kill someone. But, If you recently bought another gun or already own guns, what's the likelihood you're gonna do that if you haven't already ? DUH!
You guys in states with no waiting period are lucky. One way around this is to have your CCW BEFORE you buy a gun so you can walk out with it.
But when you can't take it with you....
There's really no way to know for sure if the gun dealer has allowed others to handle your gun in cases where you do have to wait. Unless you're there to keep watch, any time you're not there they "could" be letting people handle it, dry fire it, drop it.....whatever.
I mean, they SHOULDN'T...but.
You can "request" that it be removed from the shelf and not handed to anyone but lets say it was the last one of a VERY popular model and the dealer is now out of that one yet people keep coming into the store during the 5 days asking for that particular one. In order to make money, the dealer may be very tempted to go get your gun and show it to other customers figuring they may get a few orders. It's just money to the dealer.
On the other hand, the gun was probably already handled by a TON of people before you bought it.
Man, I never want to buy another gun that I have to wait for. Sticky subject eh ?