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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 2:07 PM 

Senate starts debate on repeal of 48-hour waiting period for hand gun purchases

The state Senate has started debate on SB 35, which would eliminate the 48-hour waiting period for hand gun purchases.

Under current law, a federally licensed firearm dealer must submit a background request to DOJ as part of a handgun sale. The dealers must then wait 48 hours after receiving notice from the DOJ the customer is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to complete the sale.

The legislation would wipe out the 48-hour waiting period. It also would give the Department of Justice five days to complete the background check; the bill was amended after originally giving the state three days. 

On average, those checks take 4 hours, 13 minutes, according to DOJ numbers cited by the office of state Sen. Van Wanggaard, one of the bill's co-authors.




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