Backlog of Background Checks

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Backlog of Background Checks

Last week Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued orders limiting social gatherings and enforcing social distancing for all people in the state in response to COVID-19.  Part of this includes the closure of all businesses not deemed “essential.”  The Governor chose not to specifically include firearms-related business in the list of those considered “essential.” However, the order allows businesses to remain open that provide services “necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences,” as well as “all facilities used by law enforcement personnel” and those supporting defense and national security-related operations. 

State law explicitly prohibits the state from imposing any restriction on the sale of firearms in an emergency situation, which means our industry is still allowed to operate.

We’re getting reports from all over the state of long delays in processing background checks. NSSF® has been in constant contact with officials and assured the Department of Public Safety is still being staffed and still processing background checks. These delays are due to increased volume in applications and not due to a shutdown.

Your NSSF government relations team is working hard to educate state and local authorities that the industry is essential. We’re also working diligently to get industry added to the essential list at the federal level.

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