What should a licensee tell a transferee who is denied by NICS?

The licensee should inform the transferee that the NICS check indicates that the transfer of the firearm should not be made; however, the system does not provide a reason for the denial.

The licensee should also provide the transferee with:

  1. Name and address of the denying agency
  2. NICS or state transaction number
  3. Brochure or information from the FBI or state POC outlining the transferee’s appeal rights and responsibilities

The FBI appeal brochure is available through the FBI NICS section, and more information is available on their NICS Appeals and VAF webpage.

[28 CFR 25.10]

Last Reviewed July 6, 2020