NICS Black Friday outage

An outage of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) adversely affected many retailers and consumers on Black Friday.

NSSF has been in contact with FBI-NICS staff, who explained that the outage was attributable to a computer glitch that overloaded the system. A short-term fix has been applied to the system and once the holiday season is over, a long-term fix will be completed.

Black Friday was the second highest day for NICS activity for non-point-of-contact states and partial-point-of-contact states. It was the third busiest day overall for NICS with more than 87,000 checks being conducted.

NICS officials were exceedingly apologetic for the unscheduled outage.

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