Here in Atlanta we still have to wait until Monday's midnight launch to pick up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but lucky folks in several Northeastern states are getting their copies earlier. According to a GameStop employee I spoke to in Bowling Green, Ohio, Activision granted certain area stores special permission to sell the game early, in order to stem the tide of lost customers picking their copies up early from local mom and pop stores.
Called my local Game Stop; the chick that answered was a complete bitch. "No we can't sell it before Monday at midnight, that would be illegal." /condescending higher-than-thou attitude
Might be worth a shot for others, though.