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History of New Jersey NICS Instant Background Check Delays

Data Source: Data prior to Feb 5, 2024 was provided by the original author of and the additional resources below.

Backdated information added on 3/12/2024 based on the hard work of:
Homeland Armory - Mays Landing, NJ
Reddit User- BleachFanBankai
Reddit User- Marauders56
Reddit User- GunsMcGillicuddy
Wayback Machine

Important Dates to Know:
Nov 30th, 1998 - Mandatory NICS was implemented nationwide. NJ designates itself as a POC for NICS

Jun 13th, 2018 - Governor Murphy signs Gun Safety Package 1.0
Aug 5th, 2019 - Governor Murphy signs Gun Safety Package 2.0
Mar 21st, 2020 - Murphy shutdowns all non-essential businesses
Mar 30th, 2020 - Murphy declares gun shops as essential business
May 6th, 2020 - George Floyd riots start
May 29th, 2020 - CHOP zone established in Seattle
Jun 14th, 2020 - *NJPortal starts sharing delay information with dealers
Aug 25th, 2020 - Kyle Rittenhouse and Kenosha incident
Oct 1st, 2020 - FARS implemented
Nov 7th, 2020 - Biden declared winner of presidential election
Dec 14th, 2020 - The first doses of an FDA-authorized Covid-19 vaccine were delivered to all 50 states
Jan 20th, 2021 - Biden takes office
Feb 24th, 2022 - Russia invades Ukraine
Jul 7th, 2022 - Governor Murphy signs Sweeping Gun Safety Package 3.0
Jun 24th, 2022 - Bruen decision
Aug 8th, 2022 - Mar-O-Lago raid
Nov 16th, 2022 - Democrat NJ Assemblyman McKeon famous speech making racist remarks during carry bill meeting
Oct 7th, 2023 - Hamas attack on Isreal

Related Links
Democrat NJ Assemblyman McKeon Racist Speech

* The earliest instance found of delay history was determined using Wayback Machine. If anyone has any more information or if this is inaccurate, please let us know.