The U.S. federal government shutdown may appear to be having minimal impact on the Idaho economy and some are even predicting that an end is in sight. But, according to one attorney in the Gem State, the firearms retailing industry has been “targeted" in the midst of it all, and the shutdown is taking its toll on that industry.
"This has posed another opportunity to hit the gun community," said Alex Kincaid, a former prosecutor who now practices law in Boise. According to her, the shutdown has ended up furloughing all but two of the federal government's "examiners" who work on staff of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ("ATF").
"These are people who are responsible for reviewing transfer applications for firearms' purchases," she told IdahoReporter.com. "The wait for many of these transactions has been anywhere up to nine months as it is. We are now adding weeks to that process; businesses are being affected."
Kincaid added that federal approval for new gun retailer businesses, as well as licensure renewals for existing retailers, is being put "on hold" because of the shutdown.