If a licensee contacts NICS on a Thursday and gets a “delayed” response, when may the licensee transfer the firearm if no further response is received from NICS?

The firearm may be transferred on the following Wednesday, as the 3 business days do not include the day the NICS check is initiated.

Assuming state offices are open on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and closed on Saturday and Sunday, the 3 business days will have elapsed at the end of Tuesday. Therefore, the licensee may transfer the firearm at the start of business on Wednesday.

Last Reviewed May 22, 2020