FBI 4473 Appeal & VAF

Every year, there are thousands of Americans that are wrongly denied firearm purchased because their background check came back denied. It’s an unfortunate fact that the National Instant Criminal Background Check system is deeply flawed. Have you been unjustifiably prevented from purchasing your firearm? Continue reading to learn more about the NICS system and what AZ Gun Law can do to help you stand up against what it nothing short of an infringement of your Second Amendment rights.

What is the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS) and how does it affect me when purchasing firearms?

The orgins of NICS date back to 1993. The Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act mandated that FFLs (licensed firearm dealers) conduct a background check on anyone purchasing a firearm to ensure they’re legally eligible. NICS was launched by the FBI in 1998. In 2020 alone, there were 39.6 million background checks performed through NICS.

When you purchase a firearm, NICS comes into play by requiring that you complete a 4473 form which the dealer will then use to conduct your background check. This is intended to be an instant process, however it doesn’t always work out that way. Many background checks are “delayed” while the FBI further investigates the individual. What’s worse is that many are unjustifiably denied completely stripping away that individuals Second Amendment rights without due process.

Is there a way to skip the NICS check?

The risk of your NICS check being delayed is very real. So real in fact that most firearm owners are delayed at least once in their lifetime. For those who face frequent delays though there is an option. A dealer is not required to submit your NICS check if you hold a current and valid concealed weapons permit. Having a permit essentially lets you skip the background check. To learn more about how you can obtain an AZ Concealed Weapons Permit visit this link.

What am I supposed to do if my 4473 NICS check is denied?

Most people with a clean criminal history can’t imagine being denied when they try to purchase a firearm, but for thousands of Americans every year this is a reality.

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