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Handgun purchase today and delayed status...?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TidePride50, Feb 26, 2009.

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  1. Tom Servo

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    Nothing to worry about. One of the most common reasons for a delay is system backlog. Right now, the NICS system is severely overburdened, and delays during busy periods are the norm.
     
  2. NRA_guy

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    I had the same problem (delays) which can be a real deal breaker at a gun show.

    I have a spic and span clean record.

    I tried to find out what the problem was, but couldn't.

    Word I got was if somebody had a similar name or close SSN to yours, it would get the delay while they made sure.

    I did find out that you can write the FBI or BATF (can't remember) and ask why you are getting the delay. They are supposed to tell you. But I never did. I figured writing them would just raise more flags.

    I just got a CCW permit and in my state (Mississippi) that gets you out of the background check.

    Fill out the paper, show the CCW permit, pay your money and walk away with the gun.
     
  3. NRA_guy

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    OK, I looked it up:

    Here's more:

    Source: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/nics/nicsfact.htm#top
     
  4. Walkalong

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    I used to get delayed a minute or so every time, but not any more. Maybe they caught my arch nemesis. :D
     
  5. GRAYRID3R

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    I was delayed once out of 12 times. I was born in the Phillipenes (Clark AFB) and the gun shop said some people doing the checking are just not to bright. Luck of the draw.
     
  6. dwalkerman

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    Hey Fellas.....I recently had an experience that was similar. I had taken 10 pistols to my friends gun shop to sell on consignment...went back there several weeks later to pick up 5 of them...was delayed..then several hours later was denied!!! These were my own guns...that all were legally purchased, etc. So...I file an appeal with NICS and get a letter back a week later saying that I may be a convicted felon!!! News to me...I've never had anything more than a speeding ticket!! I now have to go down to the State Police and get a set of rolled prints and send them to the FBI. I do this...call the NICS hotline the same day I mailed the prints off...and talk to this gal who actually was very nice...I was wondering what kind of time frame I was looking at to get this matter cleared up. She said most likely several weeks. I asked if this happens often...and she said there was no rhyme or reason to it. Anyway...several hours later I recd a call from my gun store friend and he said the NICS folks had called him and cleared me to get my guns back!! He said that this was the first time he ever had a denial be reversed by phone. If I was a convicted felon....do ya think I would have taken firearms to a gun shop to sell?????? Dana
     
  7. NRA_guy

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    I've heard of guys who pawned a gun and could not get their own gun back because the pawnshop ran a background check before giving them back their own gun.

    Lesson there is don't pawn your guns.
     
  8. tkaction

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    I believe that it is the law that if you sell a gun through a dealer that it is logged in on his books and you must go through a nics to get it back.
     
  9. Deltaboy1984

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    I have seen it happen in Texas and we have no waiting periods any where in the state.
     
  10. solareclipse

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    I get delayed.. like almost always. If you ever have had any security clearance or if you have had certain checks it will always delay you.

    What happens is NICS tries to pool another system to get the details and most of the time it is not automated and there isn't an employee on call to respond till later.

    It doesn't mean there is anything bad on your record.
     
  11. wyocarp

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    That has nothing to do with it. I've probably puchased as many a dozen guns in a week with no delays. One week this past fall, I bought an AK pistol. I went into another store and bought two AK's on election day. After the election, I went back in and bought the rest of his stock (another five AK's) I noticed an AR I liked when I bought the five AK's but I felt like I had spent enough money. Well, I went back and bought the AR the next day and a pistol that I had wanted. Then I happened into a couple new Glocks. And, I had won a special item on gunbroker.

    It was an exceptional week, but I've had some other weeks as wonderful.
     
  12. Dorkfish

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    Two approvals within 5 business days will be all it takes.
     
  13. wyocarp

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    Dorkfish, I'm sorry, but they don't care about the number of approvals. Yes, if you purchase or pick up more than two guns from the same dealer in a week, they have an additional form to fill out, but it doesn't affect whether one gets held up or not.
     
  14. camper1

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    I'm constantly delayed. It's to the point now that my gun shop tells them I'll be delayed when they call it in. I'm used to it now and usually wait 20 minutes and then tell them I'll be back the next day. What we need is a punchcard for repeat purchases.
     
  15. Dorkfish

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    You are supposed to be able to avoid the repeat delays by obtaining a BATFE issued NICS pin. I get delayed, but they have been calling lately the day before the 3 day hold to issue an approval.

    True, they don't care if you make multiple purchases, but their regs with NICS show that they are only supposed to allow 1 approval at any 1 FFL within 5 business days, your FFL should have this information as it's not published on the web. If not, then I'll look into what I was shown 3 weeks ago on NICS guidelines when I inquired as to why my State's CCW was not considered an exemption to NICS. BATFE and NICS aren't willing (I don't think they can provide a documented answer) to provide a documented answer.
     
  16. ACBMWM3

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    it depends on many factors. bought a AR pistol lower the other day had to wait a week even with my CPL, bought a handgun today and got it within 5 minutes.
     
  17. wyocarp

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    Show me.
     
  18. NRA_guy

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    I think a lots of the weird described "rules" are coming from states that operate their own handgun instant checks, and have their own local rules.

    As I understand, some states run their own programs and some rely on the Feds to run it.

    I am pretty sure the Feds have no "2 guns in 5 days" rule.

    Well, at least not yet, but will have soon under the Obama regime.
     
  19. chuckusaret

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    I live in Florida and have never had to wait, always walked out with what I bought within 30 minutes or so. But that has ended because of the outrageous
    prices the local dealers are asking for their guns now. I'll stick to the gun shows and web dealers and save money even after the shipping charges etc. are added.
     
  20. Carlos Cabeza

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    I have bought numerous guns from the same store so they should have a folder in the back with all the 4473's in it.

    "Mr. CC, I see you have bought "x" guns here in the last several years."

    OK, you're good to go ! come back soon !...............................
     
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