Purchased a hand gun the other day and the check was done by computer and the reply was a done deal in less than 5 minutes. ATF does not do the back ground checks and has nothing to do with NICS. Sounds like your dealer is yanking your chain.
NICS is agency a FFL dealer calls when a firearm is being purchased and that is what you are buying.
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