Record Gun Sales Overwhelm Background Check System

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on May 06, 2020

As gun sales have soared since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI is urging gun dealers not to finalize gun sales until the completion of background checks even if the process extends beyond the mandated three days.

An advisory was issued at the beginning of March by the National Shooting and Sports Foundation after multiple states had been informed by the FBI that the background checks on gun purchases could take up to 28 days

In March at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic the FBI reported that they had 3.7 million background checks for a single month which is the most ever recorded since the use of National Instant Criminal Background Check System. In April an additional 2.9 million background checks were submitted.

There has been a delay in processing the background checks because of the system being overwhelmed but also because many states have altered government operations to ensure the safety of government employees from the coronavirus.

Under the law the FBI has three days to conduct a background check, if the background check is not complete at that point the gun sale can move forward.

“Should a state choose to limit days of operation by completely closing state offices one or more days a week or even indefinitely, this could potentially impact the (weapons transfer) date. The NICS Section urges (dealers) 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 firearms transfer dates provided by the FBI.”
– Bulletin from the FBI

Fortunately gun dealers have been understanding of the situation and have put up no opposition.

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