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Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

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Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said.

High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon.

“It means we can’t sell no damn guns,” Rick Lozier, a manager at Van Raymond Outfitters in Brewer, said at about 1:15 p.m.

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