The FBI has wants FFLs to know that the current high gun buying volumes and shut-down-related background check delays extend the “Brady Transfer Date” hold time that dealers must observe when a purchase is put in delayed status.
Should a state choose to limit days of operation by completely closing state offices one or more days a week or even indefinitely, this could potentially impact the Brady Transfer Date (BTD) by changing the time in which an FFL can legally transfer a firearm in a delayed status. The NICS Section urges FFLs to be cognizant of the impact this may have to your day-to-day operations, and also to stress the importance of adhering to the BTD that is provided to you at the time a transaction is put into a Delay status.
That means if your purchase is held for some reason and is classified as “delayed,” it could be days or weeks before your retailer can release the firearm.
My rights do not flow from the government. My rights do not depend on whether a government bureaucrat isn’t working.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
A right to life presupposes a right to protect that right, a.k.a. self defense. That right presumes a right to appropriate tools for defense, a.k.a. firearms and ammunition.
The Supreme Court agrees with that assessment; see District of Columbia v. Heller.
As the quotations earlier in this opinion demonstrate, the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right.
The right to appropriate tools for defense of life presupposes the right to acquire them. Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that.
If ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ is to have any force, the people must have a right to acquire the very firearms they are entitled to keep and to bear. One cannot truly enjoy a constitutionally protected right when the state is permitted to snuff out the means by which he exercises it.
Contrary to the views of Martin Luther King, Jr., courts have held that background checks and waiting periods that delay rights are acceptable, if they are kept to the minimum necessary to meet a compelling governmental interest.
But an indefinite delay, far in excess of even that imposed by an unconstitutional law, for arbitrary purposes, caused by a bureaucratic fear that something might happen to them is a right that has been flat out denied. That is wrong.
Denying life-preserving tools to people even as police are telling us they won’t respond to many calls is evil. This bureaucratic attempt to sidestep the law is bad enough. Worse yet are the jurisdictions which codify stripping people of their rights arbitrarily.