It’s one of the biggest Second Amendment stories of 2020, and has the potential to be a huge issue this year as well; the long waits and delays for many Americans attempting to purchase a firearm. From the FOID card delays in Illinois to the months-long waits for concealed carry licenses in places like Philadelphia, it’s not hyperbolic to say that hundreds of thousands of us have had our rights put on hold thanks to the inability or unwillingness of local and state governments to process applications in a timely manner.
In New Hampshire, gun buyers have seen some long delays thanks to the state’s Gun Line, which is a state-run system that processes background checks for all handgun sales. Officials with the state’s Department of Safety, which oversees the Gun Line, say that the delays are due to the increased demand, but that changes to the system have been implemented and they’re hopeful that prospective gun buyers won’t be forced to wait for weeks or months in some cases before they’re approved.
That’s not good enough for many gun owners in the state, who say if New Hampshire officials can’t conduct the checks in a reasonable amount of time, then they shouldn’t be the ones doing the checks in the first place.