There are rumors swirling that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Background Check System (FBI NICS) is being affected by the political drama of the federal government shutdown (which is far from an actual shutdown, but that’s another story for another publication).

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The NICS system is classified as an “essential government service” and will continue operating regardless of how long the so-called “shutdown” endures.

In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that gun sales are actually up during the shutdown, since federal employees have time on their hands.

Perhaps some range time is in order?