Guns and the shutdown
POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:45pm
The government, is shut down now, at least parts of it.
Once we all got over the mixed feelings watching Washington dysfunction, some began to wonder, will this affect me?
For example, can I buy a gun?
Yes, a lot of agencies are shut down for now.
But luckily for gun owners, or prospective gun owners, the FBI isn’t one of them.
We spoke with the FBI this morning, and they sent us the Department of Justice contingency plan, just in case Congress was confused enough to forget to fund the government.
That’s right, they are ready for this kind of political theater and the FBI in particular will be one of the agencies with a decent sized staff still reporting for work.
And according to the plan, they will be doing the instant background checks for gun purchases, just like normal.
So, don’t worry, you may not be able to go to Yosemite today, your local Federal Firearms licensee can still check up on you, and it should be business as usual.
How long this shutdown lasts is unknown.
But the FBI assured us they will help firearms retailers stay in business responsibly.