Illinois Leads Nation in total NICS Checks Heading into September
Monthly records from the FBI’s NICS Firearm Background Checks report show in the first seven months of the year, there have been nearly 4.6 million checks. This is nearly double that of even the next closest state – Kentucky, which has had 2.2 million checks between the months of January and July. Needless to say, the citizens of Illinois are showing that they are in desperate need of firearms.
The State Police responded to the situation by saying that they are in the process of hiring new analysts to process the flood of applications but that the position requires six-months of training. Illinois’ FOID card system is currently under multiple lawsuits in both the State and Federal courts.
On average citizens are experiencing an average wait time of 7 days for their application requests to be processed and then there is an additional 72 hour period in which the person must wait to receive their purchased property. However, 7 days is just an average, some gun shop owners are reporting wait times in excess of 10 days.
Are you an Illinois gun owner who has experience the lengthy delays? Let us know in the comments.