9/30/13 | by S.H. Blannelberry
As you may know, our government is on the verge of shutting down because Congress and the president couldn’t come to terms on how to spend our tax dollars. More specifically, Congress failed to do its main job which is to pass a bill that funds the government.
The reason the government is shutting down? Obamacare.
The GOP-controlled House wants to defund portions of the sweeping health care law while the Democratically-controlled Senate is fighting to keep Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, intact.
While Congress may strike a deal before the Oct. 1, 12:01 a.m., deadline, many believe it’s unlikely given how divided lawmakers are on this particular issue.
Obviously, this situation raises a lot of questions because we all rely on the government in one way or another, whether it’s for major entitlements like Social Security or minor perks like processing passports.
Of course, as gun owners and prospective gun buyers, many of us also depend on the government to conduct criminal background checks when we are purchasing firearms from a Federal Firearm Licensee or gun dealer.
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS is the database FFLs in 30 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia use to determine whether a buyer is eligible to purchase a firearm.
As noted on the NICS website, upon completion of the required Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473, FFLs contact the NICS Section to request a background check with the descriptive information provided on the ATF Form 4473. The service is to be available 17 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays (except for Christmas).