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A Right Delayed: What happens if the NICS system goes down?

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A Right Delayed: What happens if the NICS system goes down?

Floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy “damaged tens of thousands of [New Jersey] mental health records used as part of background checks for gun purchases … meaning some prospective gun owners have not been able to buy pistols or rifles for several months,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

“The months-long backlog coincides with a surge in gun ownership,” the story continued, spotlighting one resident who decided to protect himself following a rash of burglaries and has since been waiting almost half a year for the ID card the Garden State requires to purchase a firearm.

“A right delayed is a right denied,” the would-be gun owner complained, echoing the famous quote by Martin Luther King. In this case, it’s not hard to see how such a delay could prove fatal.

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