Ok, got a question for those more knowledgeable about the NICS system than I am. Honestly, for a long time, I have not had to deal with it. My Michigan CPL has been accepted as a legitimate background check accepted by the ATF in leu of a NICS check. As I am now 39 and have held a Michigan CPL since I was 21, this covers a big chunk of time and a vast majority of my firearms purchases. However, as of 3/3/2020, the ATF is no longer accepting a Michigan CPL as a qualified background check throwing me back in getting a NICS check every time I make a firearms purchase. Since that date, I have had three NICS checks. Of these three NICS checks, the first one went fine, but it took about 45 minutes to get the proceed. However, the last two, the latest one being today, I have gotten a delay. I am looking for some insight into why I have been getting delayed. A couple theories I have are #1, volume. I normally purchase a firearm every 4 to 6 weeks. This is not coivd or pandemic buying. So, I have to wonder if I am getting some kind of flag due to 18 years of no NICS checks due to my CPL then suddenly what some might consider a rush of purchasing in a short length of time. #2 is who I am. I am Mr generic white guy. 39 year old white male named Brian Williams, 5’11" 180 pounds. I fit a lot of descriptions. #3 the system is just that bogged down, but talking with my FFL, volume is down significantly simply because the inventory is just not there. The thing is, even though I went a long time without a background check, I am not unknown to the ATF. I have a handful of stamps for naughty items, or is that maybe contributing to the class of user that I am getting lumped into?
I am also as we speak looking at the U.S. DOJ handout on what to do if you get a delay or deny. I am looking at maybe starting to go through the delay process to try to figure it out. I know it says wait 30 days, but before I do anything, I would like to know if anyone here has gone through the process. I hate to poke the bear if it has a downside.
Ultimately, the delays are inconvenient for me, but at the same time, it is not like I am buying out of some “need.” But as most of these purchases are done via on-line sellers sent and legally transferred via my FFL, I worry that these delays are going to morph into a deny. Any insight would be appreciated.