NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- Gun control groups and their allies on Capitol Hill are promoting legislation to change current federal law that provides the FBI’s National Instant Criminal background Check System (NICS) three business days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to deny a firearms purchase.
Citing the recent tragedy in Charleston, they are choosing to fault the three-day rule, suggesting that the FBI/NICS examiner did not have enough time to finish the background check.
They are also attempting to pressure retailers that choose to legally complete transfers after the three-day period to change their policy.
According to FBI statistics, in 2014 NICS delayed 9 percent of transactions. Of those delayed transfers, 12 percent eventually were denied, but that constituted only 1.1 percent of all NICS checks performed.
The mistakes made during the NICS check process in the case of the Charleston shooter, and admitted to by FBI Director James Comey, rather than making the case for additional federal law demonstrate the need for all appropriate records to be entered into NICS at the state level and for FBI/NICS to be given the resources it needs to fulfill its mission …read more