Are you planning to get up early and go out trolling for deals on Black Friday in your best Christmas sweater? Yeah, join the club. The good news is the FBI is going to make it easier to cross those ballistic baubles off your shopping list this year. If you can find a gun store that opens early enough (and uses the NICS E-check system), you’ll be able to pick up that P226 MK25 for your sister or the CZ 550 Medium Lux your kid’s been bugging you about as early as 4:30 a.m. Here’s the NSSF’s announcement:
The FBI NICS Section has announced extended hours of service on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 (“Black Friday”), for E-check Users and state Point-of-Contact (POC) Programs. Typically, the NICS is available daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). However, in response to requests to bring NICS into service earlier on “Black Friday” to better accommodate typical business-hour extensions throughout the retail industry and due to a long history of record-breaking volume on this day, the FBI will bring the NICS in-service starting at 4:30 a.m. EST. for NICS E-check Users and for state POC Programs. The NICS Contracted Call Centers will open, as normal, at 8 a.m. EST.
For those Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) that do not currently utilize the NICS E-check service and would like to do so prior to NICS Peak Season 2013 or in advance of the earlier-than-normal NICS service hours being provided on “Black Friday,” contact the following for that expeditious, automated firearms background check service: 1-877-324-6427. Select Option 2 for FFL Customer Service and then option 5 for E-Check enrollment.