The NICS is a name check system that queries available records in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Interstate Identification Index (III), and the NICS Index to determine if prospective firearm purchasers are disqualified from receiving or possessing firearms.
If you believe you have been wrongfully denied a firearm transfer or pawn redemption, you may request an appeal.
Some individuals may find they are continuously delayed when purchasing or redeeming firearms. Others may successfully appeal a NICS denial but still experience extended delays or erroneous denials on subsequent transactions. The Voluntary Appeal File (VAF) was established to assist in these types of situations by providing a way for an individual to request the NICS Section’s Appeal Services Team (AST) maintain information to clarify their identity or past events to prevent future extended delays or erroneous denials on firearm transfers.
To challenge a NICS status of Delay, you may apply to the NICS Section’s VAF.
Were you Denied or Delayed?