Some States are Carelessly or Intentionally Delaying Gun Purchases Up to 8 Weeks
Disrupting the Supply Chain for Guns
A number of states have substantial delays in approving purchases and are now causing hardships to gun shops and distributors. I’ve called around to gun shops in various states with these background check problems and they tell me a trickle of applications come in daily but this also means they have hundreds of guns in safes awaiting delivery to purchasers. Many small gun shops then have inventory problems since earlier in the panic they only asked for 25% -50% down they now have a huge amount of cash invested in inventory that normally would turn over in 8 days or so. This cash flow problem effectively has trashed the supply chain since now many dealers are slow paying wholesalers which of course means no further inventory shipments. Since the wholesalers are running into cash problems they may be facing delivery problems from the manufacturers. Still, some well financed retail operations are getting regular shipments by purchasing on auction sites or through online gun sale dealers.
Colorado Has a Massive Backlog of Gun Sales.
According to the WSJ there is a backlog of thousands of gun purchasers that have to make it through the state background check system in Colorado.
Colorado 9-10 days for approval versus 15 minutes before the crunch.
Oregon has problems with system “glitches” that stops the approval process
Glitch in background checks.
Maryland is the Champion of Delays
60 Day Delay (8 Weeks) in Maryland is now common for gun purchases as of April 2013.
First off when I mention the word approval you have to know that in Maryland they actually don’t approve you they only stamp NOT DISAPPROVED in big stamped red letters on your application which means you are okay to pick up your purchase. Obviously the wording is the State saying that we couldn’t come up with a justification for stopping this purchase but we don’t approve of it and surely don’t want to be accused of approving it if you do something with the gun that could make us look bad. It is fun to drop by Maryland gun shops and see the look of relief and joy some poor supplicant (applicant) gets on their face when they see their “Not Disapproved” approval from their State Police.
In Maryland initial problems in January began with a 3x longer wait for approval. The normal time was 8 days or so. Later in March it moved to 6 week delays.
Now in April it is 8 weeks and will hopefully for those poor souls living there stay at that or go back down to 20 or 30 days. The 8 day delay is probably a thing of the past there in Maryland.
As the rush to purchase firearms began to build the delays have now extended to 60 days or longer. This means if you try to buy a regulated firearms in Maryland which includes pistols and what they deem assault rifles you will be sitting around in mid April waiting for your mid February gun purchase to get approval.
The backlogs continue to grow and now up to 10,000 people are waiting for action from their State Police to receive their NOT DISAPPROVED permission to own what is a 2nd Amendment right.
No Delays in Surrounding States – so this appears either bureaucratic, intentional, and most likely both.
Surrounding states like Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are set up with the federal background check system that allows you to walk out of the gun shop with your purchase in hand in a much shorter time. I have witnessed purchases in Delaware that took all of ten minutes between the desire to own a particular handgun and when the new owner is walking out the door with it or taking it to the range.
Intentional delays are purposeful denials of gun rights.
Since the states with the delays are generally ones that have new gun laws on the books restricting sales that will become effective in a few months the chance to delay and slow down the supply chain means they are actively denying the rights of potential gun owners.