Many reports have come out saying that a partial government shutdown would prevent Americans from buying guns, since a background check wouldn't be able to be approved. Now, we're hearing otherwise.
The FBI launched the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, in 1998. It's responsible for instantly determining if someone who is trying to buy a gun has a criminal record.
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action reported this week that the NICS would not stop operating if there was a partial government shutdown.
While there is still uncertainty, a local gun shop manager says it's business as usual so far today.
"If people are afraid they aren't going to get their firearms when they purchase it, I would imagine sales might slow down. But at this point, even if it did happen, people can still buy their firearms, we can store them indefinitely until this is all cleared up, and they can come back and pick them up," says Joe Degeus, manager of Tacti-Cool Guns & Gear.
The FBI performs the NICS checks for most states. In California, the state is the point of contact for these background checks.
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