Why should I join the NRA. I hear that it makes it easier to buy guns if you are a member. I also have a part 2 question. I hear background checks take a while. I just had one in March-ish when I applied to work for a University program, and I passed. So how long should I expect it to take, on average. I want to get my Springfield as soon as I turn 21. I live in Wyoming if that makes a difference. I am talking about my handgun, if that would make a background check take longer.