While the finger pointing and incessant bickering of Washington D.C. seems to be nearing an end today, questions surround the government shutdown still permeate our society.
What occurred this week in the depth of the Washington Swamp was democratic divisiveness at its worst. Chuck Schumer and his posse of progressives took the entire government hostage with their DACA dialogue, forcing the gears to come to a screeching halt in D.C. just as the weekend began. Now, two days later, we may be finally nearing an end to the nonsense, (may being the operative word), leaving many Americans to wonder what exactly the democrats wouldn’t do on Friday that they agreed to do on Monday.
Regardless of the reason, however, would Schumer’s Shutdown have affected your ability to purchase a firearm in the interim?
“Firearms subject to background checks performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation can still be purchased during the government shutdown, which began Saturday morning after Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a funding deal.“Plenty of government resources will temporarily shutter, including cultural institutions, parts of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Housing Administration. Even Health and Human Services funding for combating the fluepidemic will dry up. Some FBI personnel, however, are not subject to furlough, according to a Department of Justice contingency plan provided by an FBI spokeswoman.
“In the fall of 2013, the last time the government faced a shutdown, gun enthusiasts were concerned the system would come to a halt and the National Rifle Association issued a statement saying there was nothing to fear after receiving a number of inquiries on the topic from members.
“’Excepted personnel are needed because all operations of the FBI are directed toward national security and investigations of violations of law involving protection of life and property. Thus, the FBI must be able to continue existing investigations, open new investigations, and respond to all contingencies which might arise during a lapse of appropriations,’ the DOJ contingency plan states.”