Reports: ATF Allowing ‘Drive-Up’ Gun Sales During Coronavirus Shutdown

FILE - In this photo taken Oct. 2, 2018, a semi-automatic rifle, with "God Bless America" imprinted on it, is displayed for sale on the wall of a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. A dozen county sheriffs in Washington state are refusing to enforce restrictions on semi-automatic rifles that voters …
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is allowing “drive-up” sales of firearms during the cornonavirus shutdown. reports the ATF posted the new guidelines for Federal Firearms License holders (FFLs) on Friday, giving the dealers the option of conducting sales through a “drive-up” or “walk-up” window.

The ATF made clear that the sale transaction must take place in a way that “the customer is on the licensee’s property, on the exterior of the brick-and-mortar structure at the address listed on the license.” And the option of “drive-up” or “walk-up” sales do not eliminate the requirement for a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS).

CNN reports the ATF made the concession “in response to questions about how gun dealers can sell the weapons during the pandemic.”

Breitbart News reported that March 2020 NICS checks shattered the record for the number of background checks performed in a single month. This means March 2020 witnessed more background checks than any month, during any year, since 1998.

Gun stores have reported unprecedented demand for firearms during the coronavirus crisis. This demand has included long lines–stretching out gun store doors and around the block in some instances–and has resulted in empty shelves in many stores.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at





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