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NICS shutdown this weekend!
Posted March 27 2020 - 05:14 PM
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Posted March 28 2020 - 07:32 AM
got email a little earlier - NICS will be shutting down tomorrow through Monday - yep, no sales, no transfers, to ANYONE....Just a total infringement on our rights.
According to NSSF, background checks and gun transfers WILL continue during the weekend.
The wording seems a bit confusing. But it sounds like there could be more delays, as any potential matches will go into the delay queue and dealt with later, rather than being transferred immediately to the FBI where many can be resolved in real time.
"Weekend Changes for NICS, Due to COVID Workload
NSSF® has learned that NICS alerted firearm retailers earlier today cautioning that there will be changes to the Transfer Process this weekend. However, this will not impact the ability of retailers to transfer firearms this weekend.
We have been informed by NICS that this change is only applicable to transactions that could be potentially delayed. Beginning at 12:01 am ET, Saturday March 28, 2020 until 8 am ET, Monday March 30, 2020, the NICS Section will be temporarily disabling the Transfer Process. This means, when calling in a NICS check, a retailer will be given a status immediately, to include delays with a Brady Transfer Date, and not transferred to an FBI Examiner for further review.
Retailers will be given their Brady Transfer Date by the call center representative before the call is ended rather than being transferred to an FBI employee. Transactions having a potential match in any database will immediately go to the delay queue and FBI employees will work to pull the transaction, review and respond accordingly. The goal of this change is to help alleviate FFLs’ frustrations when they are left on hold for extended periods of time when transferred from the call center to the FBI.
We understand this is an alternative NICS is testing."
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