The reason I put this up is because they do background checks and that is also why it takes so long and how they miss so much. This is how, for instance, the kid that killed 8 people was able to buy two guns the day before he went out to kill. This is an insanity which is, for some peculiar reason, media continues to ignore. The ATF have a pile of people going through a pile of papers because that is, exactly, what the gun folk want! There is also a problem with states actually sending information to the feds as well. Basically, the ATF has a genuine mess on its hands because the Republicans really don't want them to be able to do their jobs. Without fixing this one all the talk about background checks.

Here are some more links:
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/atf-gun-laws-nra/
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/...un-tracing-system-is-insane/65-547682302
https://www.thetrace.org/2016/08/atf-non-searchable-databases/
https://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168889491/gun-control-advocates-say-atfs-hands-have-been-tied