The anti-freedom-types are always asking why we wouldn’t want to pass laws requiring background checks for all firearms.
Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said.
High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon….Those who want to purchase a gun in the U.S. must fill out and sign FBI paperwork. The gun dealer then calls NICS to see if the buyer is barred by federal law from possessing firearms.
“The message is they are going to be down for a few hours,” McLeod said at about noon Friday.
Black Friday sales played a role in the problems with NICS, the director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division said, responding to an email from the Bangor Daily News.
“The NICS has experienced intermittent outages today due to high call volumes,” Stephen G. Fischer Jr. said at about 2:15 p.m.
Lozier, who has worked at Van Raymond’s for more than a decade, said the outages cost him at least half a dozen customers by the time the business day was only half over.
“If we can’t call it in, we can’t sell a gun,” Lozier said. “It’s cost us some money.”…Another frustrating part of the FBI’s background check system, he added, is that gun dealers don’t know NICS is down until they try to call in.
“It’s happens every now and then,” Lozier said of the system being down. “And it doesn’t matter when it does — it’s an inconvenience.”
Yep, lots of gun sales on Black Friday like any other item, but with a single system handling all sales Nation-Wide (except for the few states that have their own individual systems…which have their own problems), means when it goes down EVERYBODY has to wait, or simply give up.
Sorry guys, but a right delayed is a right denied.
Also on a related note, January 2013 is when several of my carry permits expire. I got my paperwork in, but depending on how the delay hits me, it might mean a little wait before my new permits come in.
We’re talking about a THREE MONTH wait here, can you imagine the outrage if such a wait was for non-right permits like driver’s licensing, credit card renewals, or business licenses like liquor or other such things?
And the antis wonder why we push back!