Ways a government shutdown would affect you - including new gun buyers

- WEB UPDATE: The U.S. House voted to avert a shutdown just before 8 p.m., the Senate outlook is unclear.

A government shutdown is looming without a budget solution.

The last shutdown was in 2013 and it lasted for two weeks. So how would this impact you?

 A government shutdown would affect anyone wanting to get a gun who doesn't have a Concealed Pistol License.  At Action Impact Firearms in Southfield, the impact would be for new gun buyers. 

"When we run background checks it could slow down the process for people to be able to purchase firearms," said Shimeka Williams-Sanders. "The process usually takes between five minutes to five days. So it would probably take longer than that if that does happen."

Sources within Michigan's congressional delegation said they hope to vote on a continued resolution tonight on a short-term funding bill.  It appears the votes were there in the House to fund the government. The senate may be a different story.

This all stems from Democratic lawmakers unhappy with House Republicans proposing yet another short-term spending bill without protection for Dreamers - the undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as minors. 
"These young people are torn apart, their families are torn apart," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). "Because of our lack of action."

If a shutdown does happen, hundreds of non-essential employees will be furloughed.  

You will be able to get s passport through a government-registered expediter service. 

At the airport, you won't notice a difference. TSA and air traffic control are considered essential.  
 
National parks, zoos and museums mostly in Washington would close.  

Social security offices would stay open. 
  
Then there's the military. Troops would report, Potentially unpaid. Most civilian department of defense staff would not work. 

Then there's Congress. They are deemed essential. They would get paid through the furlough.  

Former republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter says as much of the burden of a potential government shutdown lies on the shoulders of Democrats this time, Republicans have been blamed for looming shutdowns as well. 

"While one side thinks they're going to have an advantage with the American people for keeping it open or shutting it down," McCotter said. "The reality is the overall perception of the institution declines." 
 

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