In a world seemingly turned upside down, gun and ammo sales just continue humming along. The National Shooting Sports Foundation released its monthly NSSF-adjust National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures recently. Once again, the numbers prove staggering. The numbers suggest a 122.5-percent increase during July over last year.
July NSSF Adjusted NICS up 122.5 Percent
The adjusted figure shows 1,848,307 FBI NICS checks during July. Meanwhile, the unadjusted number comes in at 3,614,192 NICS checks. The unadjusted number reflects an 80.3-percent increase over last July.
“These are historic figures for firearm sales that have outpaced last year’s figures each month and have set monthly records since March,” said Mark Oliva, Director of Public Affairs, NSSF. “July’s background checks for the sale of a firearm were more than one million higher than the same period last year. This period of sustained firearm purchases clearly shows that Americans continue to take responsibility for their personal safety, especially during times of uncertainty.
“The confluence of COVID-19 restrictions, civil unrest, calls to defund law enforcement and political figures and courts that are unwilling to hold criminals accountable for their actions are undeniable factors causing Americans to assess their own personal safety and choose to exercise their right of personal protection,” Oliva continued. “Additionally, talk by political figures in a presidential election cycle of instituting strict gun control, banning entire classes of firearms, and severely restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans are being seen.
The adjusted NICS data derives by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks. It also removes permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit applications. The NSSF began the process in 2016.
While not a direct correlation to firearm sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS provides an accurate picture. The data suggests current market conditions pertaining to gun sales.
With a global pandemic and social unrest both unabated, the July NSSF NICS numbers may only be the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned.
For more information, visit nssf.org.
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