FAQ - National Instant Criminal Search (NICS)
Why was I denied the right to purchase a gun? And what can I do about it?

After filing for an appeal and having the denial overturned, I was able to purchase a firearm. I’ve tried to purchase another firearm and was denied again. What is happening?

I am uncomfortable giving out my SSN. On the 4473-federal form giving an SSN is optional. Why would I need to provide my SSN?

Is there a way to find out the current status of my appeal request?