Biden’s likely ban on the importation of modern sporting rifles would have a big impact on an already tight market

16 Mar , 2021  

With record gun sales this last year as police have been ordered to stand down and massive numbers of inmates have been released from jails and prisons, the importation of guns in 2020 also surged by about 60% over the previous year. With an estimated 22.8 million firearms sold last year, 6.4 million, or 28%, of those guns were likely imported.…


Record 2.1 Million NICS Background Conducted in June 2020

2 Jul , 2020  

A record number of NICS background checks for purchasing guns was conducted in June. No previous June has come close, and there are only three previous months with more background checks (March, 2020; December, 2015; and December, 2012). Between 2015 and 2019, the total number of NICS checks for gun purchases ranged from 825,418 to 1,076,829, so the 2.1 million this past June almost exactly doubles the previous June high.…


2019 was a record year for NICS checks

9 Feb , 2020  

In each of the last nine months of 2019 there was a record number of NICS checks, and January 2020 has set yet another record. The year 2019 had 28.4 million NICS checks, about 800,000 more than the previous record set in 2016.


Black Friday NICS background checks break previous record by 9.4%

26 Nov , 2017  

This past Friday saw 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single-day record, the FBI reported Saturday.  That is 9.4% higher than the previous record set last year and 15.6% over the number in 2014.  The top three day records and four of the top five days were recorded on Black Friday.  …


All 191 House Democrats voted to keep Social Security Regulations that ban guns for those who need help with their finances

2 Feb , 2017  

Have you ever thought of letting someone else manage your finances? Under finalized new rules released just before Christmas by President Obama, Social Security recipients will be banned from buying a gun if they are deemed “financially incompetent.” Some 4.2 million Social Security recipients — about 10 percent of all people 65 and older — could lose the right to own a gun as a result.…


Gun Sales Still Up despite Election Results

2 Dec , 2016  

Despite the election on November 8th, NICS checks in November 2016 where up 14.2% over the checks conducted during November last year.  That is a bigger increase (both in absolute sales and percentage increase) than three of the last four months, though the increases are down from what they were during the first seven months of the year.  …


Adjusting NICS checks for background checks for Concealed Handgun Permits

11 Jan , 2015  


You can compare these adjusted numbers to the official NICS numbers.

This adjustment is significant — the NICS numbers are 42.6% higher in 2013 than these adjusted numbers.  But the numbers show similar changes in gun ownership over time.  The adjusted numbers show a 64.5% surge in gun sales from 2008 to 2013, while the NICS numbers show a 65.9% change.…



CPRC in the Associated Press on background checks

9 Dec , 2014  

From Matt Stroud at the Associated Press:

. . . John R. Lott, Jr., author of More Guns Less Crime, doesn’t think Hunt’s gun purchase indicates that gun regulations should change.

He said studies consistently show that background checks don’t reduce violent crime, but they can produce “false positive” results that block law-abiding citizens from purchasing a gun.

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