What does it mean when a licensee receives a “cancelled” response from the FBI to a NICS background check?

On occasion, the FBI may provide a licensee with a “cancelled” response. Transactions will be cancelled if the FBI discovers that the NICS check was not initiated in accordance with ATF or FBI regulations. For example, a NICS check will be cancelled if it is initiated for a non-authorized purpose or by a non-authorized individual.

A licensee cannot transfer a firearm when a “cancelled” response is provided by NICS.

Last Reviewed May 22, 2020