Beginning September 13, New York state gun retailers will modify their procedure for conducting background checks as per the new law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul last year. Instead of connecting directly with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for ammunition background checks, they will now coordinate with the New York State Police. The state police will then liaise with NICS to process the checks.
Tyler Mirra, general manager of The Firing Pin, mentioned the increased complexity of the new system, noting that a sale can only finalize once a “proceed” status is issued by the state’s NICS unit. Despite clearing a firearm background check, individuals can still be declined in the ammunition background assessment, with a 30-day appeal window granted for failed checks.
The updated procedure introduces fees of $9 for firearm checks and $2.50 for ammunition checks, aimed at supporting the state’s NICS unit and the background check infrastructure. However, local gun store operators like Mirra are apprehensive about navigating the intricacies of the revamped law, fearing potential complications arising from the increased number of involved steps.