When anti-gunners fail to accomplish their goals by legislative means, they love to fall back on the old “name and shame” tactic. Since the push to close the so-called “loophole” allowing gun purchases to proceed when a background check takes more than three days is likely going nowhere, some U.S. senators are attempting to bully retailers into making the change internally.
Thirteen senators issued a letter to Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and EZPAWN in July, demanding that the companies not sell any firearms without a complete background check. Having been met with silence, two of those senators are now calling for a boycott of the stores. What many don’t realize is that three days is already more than sufficient for an “instant” check; refusing to enforce any time limit gives the FBI the de facto power of refusing to sell you a gun just because it doesn’t like something about you.