The issue you are dealing with ordering from a dealer is the delivery time at the present. And certainly what he is going to charge you as far as mark up! Some companies at the present time have enough orders at their present build rate to last for three years at the present. The other issue is you could order the AR today through the dealer. But if any bans are imposed in your state or by the feds in the meantime, your rifle could not be delivered as ordered without being in full compliance with the new bans and restrictions placed on it after the order was placed. So if you want one right away you need to shop around. For example we have a dealer here close to us in Tennessee that is not charging anything over original retail. And one selling Rock River Arms Rifles is charging 10% + over retail and most of the time has inventory. With the way the market is today with some bringing up to $2500 the retail deal or plus 10% is a great deal! But use caution! Be sure you are getting what you are buying! Is it a manufacturer's built rifle or a parts rifle? For example! Gunbroker is one place to check as well as Guns America and other classifieds.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the Government to restrain the people. It is an instrument for the people to restrain the Government!
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed. Unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
James Madison. Author of the 2nd Amendment