Nevada's gun background checks are processed by the state Dept. of Public Safety Point of Contact Firearms Unit in Carson City. Many other states use the federal NICS system. Nevada's system is only open from 8AM-6PM. NICS is open 24 hours. Nevada has only 17 positions and 6 are currently unfilled.
This crisis has completely overwhelmed the state background check system that cannot handle the call volume. The phone system has been hanging up on people after half an hour or someone answers and hangs up. We're waiting on someone to provide us a recording that DPS is placing on the phone.
Then, dealers are reporting holding for 4-7 hours on the phone. The computers keep crashing. Faxes aren't even able to be sent as the fax line is jammed.
If you do not have a CCW, you cannot buy a gun in Nevada at this point. Remember, private sales not involving a dealer are illegal in most cases.
Background checks are now an absolute infringement upon the right to keep arms. If you can't get the state to approve it, you can't even exercise those rights.
Special thanks to NV Firearms & Training and R.S. who have been tracking this closely to us.
Clayton E. Cramer
Gun Free Zone
The War on Guns
The View From Out West