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Where Gun Permits are Alternatives to NICS

Monday, October 10, 2016 20:22
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In the 1993 Brady bill, exemptions for the background checks were provided for people who had undergone the background check for state gun permits.  Not all states meet the federal requirements.  For example, the background check for the permit system must go through the National Instant Check System (NICS) and it must have been done within the last five years.  That is why most state permits are renewed every five years. From

The statute provides the following exceptions to the national instant background check system:

1. The transferee presents to the licensee a permit which was issued not more than 5 years earlier by the State in which the transfer is to take place and which allows the transferee to possess or acquire a firearm, and the law of the State provides that such a permit is to be issued only after an authorized government official has verified that available information does not indicate that possession of a firearm by the transferee would be in violation of the law;

In addition, some states, such as Illinois, have their own state background check system.  While the permit may meet the federal requirement, the state still requires a state check for their system.

A glance at the map reveals many surprising juxtapositions.  For example, Missouri recently became a permitless or “Constitutional carry” state.  But the legislature has not bothered to have their permit meet the requirements for the holders to be exempt from the federal NICS checks.

Here is the list of states that qualify. The list is from and was last updated as of June 10th, 2014. There are 25 states permits that qualify.  I am not including the California “Entertainment Firearms Permit”.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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