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What to Expect from a Firearm Background Check

C2 Tactical in Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona, carries a wide selection of the most desirable firearms from leading brands like SigSauer, Glock, Beretta, Henry, Mossberg, Walther, Smith & Wesson, and more.

Before purchasing a firearm from our two locations or our online store, every buyer must pass a Background Check and be qualified to purchase a firearm under State and Federal Laws. This is critical in ensuring that guns do not end up in the wrong hands, such as convicted felons, domestic abusers, and individuals with a history of mental illness. While this may seem intimidating, the process is simple. Here is more about a firearm background check and what you can expect.

What is a Background Check?

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was established under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (Brady Act). This law requires all federal firearms licensees (FFL) like C2 Tactical, to check a prospective buyer’s eligibility to legally buy or own a firearm through this system. It is jointly operated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and state and local law enforcement agencies.

Steps of a NICS Firearm Background Check

The NICS check is a three-part process:

  • The first step is the identification check, which verifies that the person purchasing the firearm is who they say they are.
  • The second step is the criminal history check, which searches for any criminal records that would disqualify the person from purchasing a firearm.
  • The third and final step is the mental health check, which looks for any history of mental illness or institutionalization that would disqualify the person from purchasing a firearm.

Prospective buyers are asked to complete a standard information form, and a C2 Tactical team member transmits this information to the NICS by phone or digitally. The NICS staff performs a background check on the buyer and returns the verdict to us. Most NICS background checks take around 15 minutes.

What Can Disqualify Me from Purchasing a Firearm?

Not all criminal records or mental health history will disqualify someone from purchasing a firearm. The specific criteria that would disqualify someone varies by state and federal law. However, some common disqualifiers include felony convictions, domestic violence convictions, and involuntary commitment to a mental institution.

You can appeal the decision if you are denied a firearm purchase due to a failed background check. The appeal process involves providing additional information or documentation that may change the outcome of the check. A C2 Tactical team member can provide more details if your background check produces a rejection.

Purchasing Firearms from C2 Tactical in Arizona

A firearm background check aims to ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of those prohibited from owning them. The process is a short and necessary step in ensuring public safety. It is nothing to be worried about, and our team submits many NICS background checks each year for firearm purchases in the store and online.

Drop by our Tempe or Scottsdale facilities to explore the many types and models of firearms available. Our team can help you select the best one for your needs and complete the NICS background check process quickly and painlessly.


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