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Waiting Periods and Background Checks When Purchasing a Gun

By admin | July 23, 2013

Have you been considering the purchase of a new gun? If so, you need to be aware of the fact that there is usually a background check and a waiting period involved. Here are the general guidelines in regards to the purchase of a firearm.

Background Check
Each area has their own specific process for checking a potential gun owner’s background. While some areas are very strict, there are others that are relatively lenient. Due to the recent increase of gun violence, some towns have begun to implement a more thorough background check. Certain guns require that you submit a certification of completing a firearms safety course. It also is not uncommon for the licensed gun dealer to ask for references and past employers. Typically, no background is required if you purchase a gun from another citizen.

Waiting Period
Like background checks, the waiting period to get a gun from a licensed dealer varies from state to state. The length of time can range from a couple days to around a month. Depending on the type of firearm and location, the purchase of certain guns can be made on the same day. Always check with the local area to get a definitive answer.
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