Thursday, March 19, 2020

FBI Background Check System Swamped

Washington Examiner reports 300% year-over-year increase in firearms background checks.   The January and February numbers are breathtaking: 2.8 million in February (about 1/3 are concealed carry license checks, so probably 2 million new guns sold).   The FBI has issued a warning that is being misreported as end of gun sales.  Where state governments perform the background check for the FBI:
Should a state choose to limit their days of operation or close state offices, this could potentially impact the Brady Transfer Date (BTD) by changing the time in which an FFL can legally transfer a firearm in a delayed status. The NICS Section urges FFLs to be cognizant of the impact this may have to your day-to-day operations, and also to stress the importance of adhering to the BTD that is provided to you at the time a transaction is put into a Delay status. The Brady Act does not federally prohibit an FFL from transferring a firearm after the third business day expires, even if the NICS Section has been unable to provide a proceed response, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(1).
Sales can proceed.  The electronic check is not impacted.  If your name is too similar to a prohibited person and a human has to unravel this, the wait could stretch out.

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