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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/23/coronavirus-gun-sale-surge-overwhelms-state-federal-background-check-systems/

The gun sales surge accompanying the Chinese conronavirus pandemic is overwhelming both state and federal background check systems.

On March 19, 2020, Breitbart News reported National Shooting Sports Foundation numbers showing gun sales in the U.S. had jumped 300 percent above where they were at the same point in time last year. Thereafter, various Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) contacted Breitbart News to talk of calling into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) to do a background check for a pending sale, only to be placed on hold for hours and/or, in some cases, to have the line disconnected.

An FFL from a western state told Breitbart News he has a stack of background checks forms–ATF form 4473–already filled out by customers who came into the store to purchase firearms during the sales surge. The FFL arrives at store early in the morning and places a call to the FBI NICS number simply to be placed in the queue, and once he is talking to someone he runs as many of the background checks as he can before being disconnected.

An FFL in a midwestern state told Breitbart News he lost “$10,000 to “$12,000” in sales on Friday, March 20, 2020, due to delays in NICS response to phone calls for background checks.

An FFL in a southern state told a similar story after having so many struggles with NICS that he thought the background check system had simply been shut down.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports a similar story on the state-level background check system in Pennsylvania. They noted that on March 18, 2020, “The state police announced the computer system that conducts background checks on firearms purchases, which is called the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, crashed twice in one day.”

This failure came as gun transactions on March 19, 2020, jumped over 300 percent higher than they were on March 19, 2019.
Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification’s Maj. Gary Dance stressed the crashing of the state’s background check system was not due to an intentional state response to the coronavirus. Rather, the system was just overwhelmed.
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They sure were out shooting around my area, This weekend. I gathered a lot of brass from it, Not sure if it was folks trying new guns or not,
 

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And I expect it will continue even when this thing is done. This is going to leave a lasting impact.
 

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My buddy just got a gun out of hock, and when they ran his background check, he was like number 6,000. Normally this takes about 15 minutes in my state, but it took about 4 days before everything went through because the system is so overloaded.

There's already been talks of shutting it down in some states like CA, OR, WA, NY etc. They've already shut down the sale of alcohol in a lot of places, so I won't be surprised if they stop the sale of firearms. Honestly, I wouldn't care. The only people buying guns right now are mostly people that shouldn't have one, especially in large metro areas.
 

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Real quick transaction today at walmart, Bought a new 22 target rifle.
 
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