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National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
Questions and answers regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
If a licensee contacts NICS on Thursday, December 2, and gets a “delayed” response, when may the licensee transfer the firearm if no further response is received from NICS?
What should a licensee do if he or she gets a “denied” response from NICS or a State point of contact after 3 business days have elapsed, but prior to the transfer of the firearm?
What should a licensee tell a transferee who is denied by NICS?
If a transferee receives a “denied” response from NICS, can the transferee find out why he or she was denied?
What NICS or State point of contact response information must a licensee record on ATF Form 4473?
At what point during a transaction should a licensee contact NICS?
Must licensees keep ATF Forms 4473 if the firearm transfer is denied or, for some other reason, not completed?
For what period of time is a NICS check valid?
Can one NICS check be used for more than one firearms transaction?
Must a licensee always wait 3 business days before transferring a firearm to a transferee after receiving a “delayed” response?