If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, prepare yourselves for longer waits between when you pay for a firearm, and when you will be cleared to actually take posession of that firearm.
As a result of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) of 2022, signed into law on June 25, 2022, the FBI'S NICS Section is working towards implementation of an enhanced background check process for persons between the ages of 18-20. The enhancement provides the opportunity for additional outreach and research to be conducted regarding the existence of any juvenile adjudication information and/or mental health prohibition. As a result, transactions on persons between the ages of 18-20 will initially be delayed.
Currently, for all FFLs conducting checks through the FBI web-base NICS system, the enhanced process for persons under the age of 21 will begin on Monday, November 14, 2022.