The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, in New Jersey is currently not approving any firearm transfers. Seeing as New Jersey law requires anyone seeking to purchase a firearm from a dealer with a Federal Firearms License to pass a background check, it is currently impossible to purchase a gun in New Jersey from a gun shop. With the background check system unreachable, no one can transfer a handgun, PERIOD.
The weekend following the shooting in Sandy Hook C.T. the wait to have a background check approved was ranging from 4 -7 hours. This is an increase of about 20x the normal wait for the process to be completed.
The official story coming out of NICS is that the “system is down” and NICS employees said they had “no idea” how long it would be until the system was back up and running again. When pressed by a sales associate at a local NJ gun shop, the NICS operator told him that he doubted it would be up and running until “after the new year”.
Those working at local gun stores did not buy the story. We spoke with 5 NJ gun stores and did not talk to one person who bought the story that NICS was selling about their system crashing. All of the people working for FFL’s in NJ suspected that this was part of the effort by the Obama Administration and authoritarians in Congress to confiscate the guns of American citizens.
Earlier this week President Obama said that he would “put his full weight behind” the effort to pass the Draconian gun registration and confiscation plan drawn up by US Senator Dianne Feinstein. While we have no concrete proof that the NICS background check system is functional and not being used as an effort stop any further purchases of guns by NJ citizens, the consensus in the retail market was that something fishy was going on.