|Updated: 9/26/2013 12:25 pm
||Published: 9/26/2013 12:18 pm
A possible government shutdown could affect you in some unique ways, but it depends on which services you use.
We found out the mail will still be delivered, but you won’t be able to get a passport or VISA. As it turns out, buying some firearms could all be affected.
“You really can’t complain to the federal government,” Dave Saye with the USSA Shooting Academy says.
Even without a government shutdown, Saye tells FOX231 some firearms sales are already being affected due to delays.
“The NFA transfers, for example if you want to buy a legally registered machine gun, that process has gone from a transfer of about 90 days to anywhere from 9 months to a year.”
We’re learning other NFA items, including short-barreled shot guns and short-barreled rifles, are included in those delays that could grow with a shutdown.
And those delays, we discovered, can be very costly for dealers who can sell some guns for up to $20,000.
Saye says, “We get a 50% down payment on the gun and then the other 50% when the transfer is approved and that can take up to a year.”
But FOX23 found out your standard handgun sales won’t be affected and here’s why: the instant background checks done for those must continue to be done.
“Those employees are considered critical duty, just like air traffic controllers,” Saye explained. “They’re going to be there no matter what, that’s considered something that has to be in place.”
But once you get a gun, if you’re looking to get a permit to open or conceal carry, a government could stand in your way. Without anyone to run the background checks to approve the permits, that process could take a while.