Okay, now, I get it. We've seen record gun sales in the past week, and I'm certain that they're still playing catch-up. With the holidays approaching - and this being a government entity - the only people left staffing the place are the newbies, so clearing out a huge backlog at year's end isn't high on the priority list.
But damn, if that isn't not letting a crisis go to waste, eh?
What better way to put a major crimp in the gun buying community than to "take down" the NICS check for a bit? Now, according to the FBI fact sheet on the NICS check:
If the FFL has not received from the NICS a final determination after three business days have elapsed since the delay response, it is within the FFL’s discretion whether or not to transfer the firearm (if state law permits the transfer).
Now, read that carefully. It is within the FFL's discretion to proceed or not. With tinfoil firmly in place, how many audits do you think it would take of FFL holders that allowed sales to proceed despite NICS being down before the vast majority decided it was in their best business interest to wait? It's a stretch, I know, but this wouldn't be the first time this administration instituted a hair-brained scheme to hurt the law abiding gun owners of America.
For the record, I don't think this is any nefarious plot - right now. I think right now it's an overtaxed system at a bad time of the year and nothing more sinister. However, what I do know is that the current administration is not above using every means possible to push its anti-gun agenda, and if that means putting a little pressure on FFLs to wait when the system is down, it's entirely plausible. The system may come back up immediately and result in little-to-no delays - or it might take a good week to clear up the backlog.
I think it's worth watching, for now, and taking notes for the future...
That is all.