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September 30, 2013 - 6:17 pm

This must be an oversight on the Obama administration’s part. Your Second Amendment rights will not be impacted by a government shutdown. The FBI has told gun retailers that government shutdown or not, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will remain alive and ready to handle gun purchases.

According to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, NICS will remain up and running even if there is a government shutdown.

Last week the NRA-ILA reported, “The NICS system will continue to operate,” because “Law enforcement activities are designated as essential services and do not shut down even if the Congress and President fail to agree on funding legislation.”

The Bureau confirmed that in an email to gun sellers today. That didn’t stop CNN from trying to confuse people.

14. How will this affect me?

In ways big and small. The mail will continue to come. The military will continue to fight. And Social Security checks will continue to be paid.

But if you need a federal loan to buy a house, you’ll have to wait. If you want a gun permit or a passport, that won’t happen anytime soon.

Yes it will. CNN needs to issue a correction.

So, good news: Even if the government shuts down, you’ll still be able to pick up that Glock you’ve had your eye on.

I continue to struggle to find reasons to care whether the government “shuts down” or not. None are springing to mind, to be honest.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I'm in agreement - I am not seeing much of a downside yet to a government shutdown. I understand the EPA has just outlawed vast numbers of wood burning stoves cause they have nothing better to do!

In fact, this may be a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to take a stab at pruning back the beast.

Instead of simply calling back on to the job all of those federal bureaucrats when the government shutdown is over, and since only ESSENTIAL services are currently still active, why not take this as an opportunity to see exactly where we can start pruning and start selectively calling back ONLY those personnel who are deemed essential to long range functioning of the federal government?

Lay off the rest.

Hey, it works for the private sector when budgets get tight - maybe it's time we applied a dose of that same medicine to the federal government. I'm sure it would save BILLIONS of dollars!
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Whew! What a relief!

And I certainly hope they were able to find the means to fund the NASA muslim outreach program, the National Park Service muslim outreach program and other national frivolities like NPR/PBS, etc.
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"But if you need a federal loan to buy a house"

Um, there's something wrong right there. The federal government should in no way be in the business of loaning money to people to buy houses.
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NICS falls under the "excepted" public safety clause of the OMB rules for "partial" government shutdown. If the people can't be checked "first" before purchase, then the Brady Law 3 day rule goes into effect. This causes unhappy citizens on both sides of the Second Amendment issue. Gun Control advocates hate that someone might get a gun without a check, and Second Amendment advocates hate the default 3 day wait which would happen under the law.
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gosh, i thought the first thing to go would be first amendment. if the government stops, aren't all rights gone? what will i do with no one to tell me what to do?

The horror, the horror.
29 weeks ago
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Uh, I think we're talking about two different things here. CNN says: "If you want a gun permit or a passport, that won’t happen anytime soon." That's rather different from buying a gun.
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There is no such thing (yet) as a "Federal gun permit" except for private ownership of full-auto machine guns. The process for getting a machine gun permit is long and involved and would, in any case, probably fall under the :law enforcement" provisions.
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Gun permits tend to be state issues. Not federal
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Oh, you heartless Rethuglicans! Don't you know a shutdown will mean the end of the Baby Pandacam? For shame!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/30/you-will-no-longer-be-able-to-watch-this-baby-panda-online-if-the-government-shuts-down/
29 weeks ago
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like the war between Athens and Sparta, we are clearly exhausted by the battle without some illegal Chinese immigrants getting attention.
how do i know how to breathe without my federally funded breathing counselor?
29 weeks ago
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I'm in agreement - I am not seeing much of a downside yet to a government shutdown. I understand the EPA has just outlawed vast numbers of wood burning stoves cause they have nothing better to do!

In fact, this may be a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to take a stab at pruning back the beast.

Instead of simply calling back on to the job all of those federal bureaucrats when the government shutdown is over, and since only ESSENTIAL services are currently still active, why not take this as an opportunity to see exactly where we can start pruning and start selectively calling back ONLY those personnel who are deemed essential to long range functioning of the federal government?

Lay off the rest.

Hey, it works for the private sector when budgets get tight - maybe it's time we applied a dose of that same medicine to the federal government. I'm sure it would save BILLIONS of dollars!
29 weeks ago
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Boehner and the House should be building a new CR that starts cutting back on the "non essential" employees and functions. Then, the longer this goes on, the smaller the government. Everyday, he can send Reid a "clean" CR with reduced funding in more areas.
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Why would NICS be endangered?
It, like the Postal Service, is self-financing as each gun dealer is charged a fee to process a those background checks - a fee that is passed on to the buyer.
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No, if you are seeing fees, they are state fees.
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Why buy a firearm from an FFL when there are countless paperless (private sale) guns around?
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Whew! What a relief!

And I certainly hope they were able to find the means to fund the NASA muslim outreach program, the National Park Service muslim outreach program and other national frivolities like NPR/PBS, etc.
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don't worry, those are critical government jobs and will continue to be funded
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