FBI Stalling Background Checks And Halting Gun Sales

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People who want to buy guns must know that background checks are a requirement. However, there's a loophole in the system. Let's discuss more below!

FBI Delays Background Checks to Prevent Gun Sales

In February and the beginning of March, firearms dealers saw a surge in gun and ammunition sales. This also meant more background checks for the FBI to do.

But in some states and municipalities, that surge came to a screeching halt when “State of Emergency” and “Stay at Home” orders were issued.

Over-reaching governments in Maine, New Jersey, Washington State, and LA County all deemed firearms dealers “non-essential businesses” and shuttered the outlets alongside home goods stores, gyms, and spas.

Until the federal government stepped in on March 25 declaring gun stores essential, law-abiding citizens were unable to exercise their 2nd Amendment right.

Now, the FBI may be using a loophole to stall criminal background checks required for gun purchases. And the delay can be extended until the submission for the background check has expired.

The Need for Background Checks When Purchasing a Firearm

When a potential purchaser of a firearm goes to a licensed gun retailer (called a Federal Firearms Licensee, or FFL), they must submit to a criminal background check before they can buy a gun.

National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) needs this background check. Then, they determine if the potential purchaser falls into any of the categories that would prohibit gun ownership.

While a NICS background check should theoretically be completed instantly, the FBI can put a hold on the purchase for up to three business days for a thorough records search.

If the FFL does not hear back from the FBI after three business days, the decision to make the sale falls into the hands of the FFL.

If the FBI later finds that the purchaser is prohibited from owning a firearm, the FFL can face major legal consequences.

The Never-Ending Loophole

Here is where the loophole comes in.

The 3-business day provision includes the language “when state offices are open.” It was allowed so that the FBI would not have to process background checks during a long weekend.

But under “State of Emergency” orders, state offices are currently “closed” for 30 days or more. In truth, state offices are open in a limited capacity.

The FBI can conceivably, albeit illegally, put holds on all submissions to NICS. It has also alerted FFL that that is exactly what they are doing.

The Never-Ending Loophole | FBI Stalling Background Checks and Halting Gun Sales

In a blatant disregard for the 2nd Amendment, the FBI is not processing background checks for 30+ days.

And here’s the real kicker – a submission into NICS for a background check expires after 30 days.

At this point in time, a law-abiding citizen can apply and re-apply indefinitely for the ability to own a firearm, with no end in sight.

Just as the President stepped in to reopen gun stores in late March, the hope is that he will step in again to stop this infringement on the 2nd Amendment.

As local and state governments continue to view this pandemic as a rights grab, the 2nd Amendment has been hit the hardest.

The right to protect your family, your property, and yourself is one that we must fight to protect.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 30, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

6 Responses to :
FBI Stalling Background Checks And Halting Gun Sales

  1. Alan Loomis says:

    Just outright attempt at Socialism by the left. They have to be stopped.

    1. johnny benson says:

      corrupt democrat politicians and even some republicans
      need to be reminded to fear rope.the founding fathers would have hung them all.


    How long are the FFL background checks kept in paper or digital somewhere? If they are kept indefinitely then all purchases are accessible from alphabet agencies.

  3. Michael Harris says:

    In New Jersey, a well-known socialist state, I had to wait six weeks for approval for my handgun purchase, then I had to order and pay for the gun, and now I have to wait for NICS approval. NICS approvals in NJ have varied in length depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the governor’s whim. To me, as a Strict Constructionist in constitutional matters, I find this hatred of our 2nd Amendment rights to be based on a desire for power without having to worry about an armed populace.

    Note that the ACLU fights for all rights except for the Second — but the ACLU is not really in touch with the Constitution (I am not sure that their lawyers have even read it).

  4. Cody Thompson says:

    I have a concealed carry license and I went to a local dealer to buy a new Sig P365 XL three days ago. I’m still waiting for my approval. Very frustrating! And this is Florida.

  5. Rick Weir says:

    I waited a month for my first background check to come back to my dealer before submitting my second request. Seems this might fail, also. I am in Minnesota.

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