Why is the wait period on the NICS so different between New Jersey and Alabama? I bought a new pistol last month from my local gun store in Montgomery, AL and headed home within twenty minutes of entering the store. The NICS call and approval took less than a couple of minutes. My wife set the in the car while I went in and got my new Sig.
I know NJ has tougher State gun laws than Alabama, but is't the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the same? Is there something else causing the 7 day wait vs. NICS approval time. The letter "I" in the acronym is for "Instant".
Now if someone told me an hour, then I might understand because of a phone back-up.
Is there a wait period in New Jersey? If so, then it is not waiting on NICS Approval as the cause of the wait period.