NJ State Police NICS
We understand that many of our valued customers are traveling a distance to shop at our store for a firearm purchase and although all your paperwork is in order; please know you will not be able to take your purchase home the same day. The same is happening in every FFL store in the State of New Jersey. Yes, there always was a possibility of a “delay” answer but in current days no answer “proceed” or “delay” is given same day after completeing the ATF Form 4473. All information now needs to be faxed to the NICS Department of the NJ State Police for the final clearance and there is a wait of 3 to 5 days. There is a fee for this approval…..State revenue.
The NICS (National ‘Instant’ Check System) 3 to 5 day wait-period is due to the overwhelming work load … handling all firearm sales throughout the State of New Jersey…with only a staff of 9 who work two split shifts. The State needs to hire more personnel in order to handle this volume.
If you would like to help rectify this situation and bring it back to an “instant” check system for all lawfully purchased firearm sales, please contact Governor Christie by writing to the Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0001, calling (609) 777-2500 or emailing him at http://www.state.nj.us/governor/index.shtml (click on the contact us tab)….tell him to hire more personnel within the NJ State Police NICS Department.