Short supply of semi-automatice weapons.
Talk of gun control led to rush on firearms, but the FBI is reporting fewer background checks because of it.
The agency reported 2.5 million background checks in January, roughly 300,000 fewer than December's record.
"It has slowed down a little bit because AR-15s are not readily available like they were," says Bill Hightower Jr. at Bayou City Firearms and Accessories. "We're talking any high-capacity handguns that have magazines over 10-rounds, AK-47s, and shotguns that hold more than three rounds."
Hightower tells KTRH News the whole process has been interrupted.
"Background checks are taking a little bit longer, they're getting bogged down," he says. "Sometimes the waiting time, we're on hold for 15-20 minutes on some of them."
"There are still background checks going on with other purchases," says Hightower, "but there's just not as many as before."
The great gun debate has now spilled over to the state level where California lawmakers have approved legislation requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance.
Similar to auto policies, it would pay for injuries or damages caused by those weapons.