Federal Approval, Background Checks Causing Delays for Gun Buyers

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is not so instant these days…


The Second Amendment is always a big issue around election time and this year, gun sales are brisk. However, a delay in the purchasing process has been occurring for about a week.

Gun stores have noticed the delay after filling out the federal forms and calling in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

“We had customers in here waiting an hour to three hours. Some of them, we said, ‘Hey, we’ll call you when we hear. There’s nothing we can do,’” said Lee Sredniawa, manager at Fin Feather Fur Outfitters.

The FBI updated a computer system that runs the background check. Gun buyers have to fill out a form, then the seller can either call it in or file it online…

…The FBI’s answer determines whether the gun sale will proceed, be delayed or be denied. The FBI wants to give the correct answer to ensure that only legitimate gun buyers get firearms.

“From a customer standpoint, they’ve bought numerous guns from us, they get frustrated,” Sredniawa said. “We know that they’re probably good to go, but you just have to honor what [the FBI is] asking you to do and just delay and wait.”

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