NRA-guy.... they did the same thing to me here in Meridian when I got mine.
The guy was kind of snide when he was doing my fingerprints, said "Why do people think they need firearms permits? Just asking for trouble."
I replied "It's kind of like getting a driver's license. I can already drive but the state requires me to get one."
He just huffed a little and continued on but no more talking out of him.
And that reminds me, I gotta re-new this year.
How early did you renew yours?