In my experience, becoming AV'd is absolutely imperative, since it opens a whole other aspect of ASC, with access to classifieds, among other things. But even if you have a question about guns, nobody here will link you to a source where you could obtain one without being AV'd first. Yup, it can be slow and drawn out, but the AVers are volunteers whose life may take precedence. Give it another shot, and remain courteous and patient. You'll be grateful you did.