How do you do a background check for firearms purchases?
January 19, 2013 9:44 PM Subscribe
If an individual sells a gun to another individual, how would the seller do a background check? Is the NICS database available to private individuals?
posted by anonymous to law & government (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having trouble parsing the NICS
website in terms of who can use the database. They mention FFLs (Federal Firearms Licensees) as having access and that one needs to apply to the FBI to become an FFL. This process
appears to be fairly rigorous and thus not something you'd do unless you were a store/dealer. Do stores let people do background checks for free or a small fee? Can you go to an official office and have this done for you?
While I understand that I'm talking about the "gun show loophole", I really, really
don't want to talk about how people feel about guns. I'm not interested in how people feel about background checks. I just want to know if a service exists for people to do background checks. I want to know about the bureaucracy!
I'd also like to note that I personally do not own firearms and have no intention of purchasing/selling them.