Friday may have broken records for gun sales across the country, and for background checks with the National Instant Check System (NICS), and gun dealers here in the Pacific Northwest were definitely along for the ride.
Examiner checked with Wade’s Indoor Gun Range in Bellevue and learned that there were times during the day when sales clerks simply could not get through to the NICS headquarters to conduct the necessary background checks.
It was the same story from Robin Ball, proprietor at Spokane’s Sharp Shooting Indoor Range, who told this column that “We had guns (and paperwork) stacked up…and we were doing speed dialing to finally get through.” When they did, she noted, clerks would have to do several checks at a time. She noted that Wednesday was also busy.
Ball said that NICS access began improving Friday afternoon as East Coast and central-U.S. gun shops began closing for the day.
Larry Keane, vice president and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told this column via e-mail that, “We are not surprised and fully expect that today will shatter all prior records and will be the single highest one day NICS total in history. We expect November will come in as the highest month for NSSF-adjusted NICS.”
It appears to have been the pattern all over the landscape. In Colorado, gun sales reportedly soared Friday, and that was the prediction in Boise, Idaho heading into the holiday weekend. They were talking about the NICS traffic jam at Gun Broker.com and Arizona Shooting.com, both brought to this column’s attention by esteemed colleague Kurt Hofmann, the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner.