Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Another Record Month For NICS Checks

The National Shooting Sports Foundation released their adjusted-NICS checks report this week. It marks the 17th straight month with year over year increases compared to the same month in the prior year.

From NSSF:
The September 2016 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,156,961 is an increase of 7.9 percent compared to the September 2015 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,071,945. For comparison, the unadjusted September 2016 FBI NICS figure of 1,983,596 reflects an 11.0 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,786,743 in September 2015.

You can see it graphically in the chart below:

 September 2016 also marks the highest September in the past 17 years.

The adjusted NICS checks subtract out the NICS checks that are used by many states for carry permit checks and rechecks. States such as Connecticut and Illinois use the NICS database for their checks.

It should also be noted that in many states such as North Carolina and Texas a carry permit substitutes for a NICS check. While the retail purchaser must file out a BATFE Form 4473, a NICS check is not run.

Depending upon how close the election is in October and the likelihood of Hillary Clinton winning, I would not be surprised to see another record month for October. If Clinton wins, God forbid, then Katie bar the door.

This post was co-written by John Richardson and Barb Richardson


  1. Good news. The possibility of Hillary winning is certainly scary for gun owners. I can't even imagine the damage she can do. Get your guns before that.

  2. By the look of the second graph, it appears that Americans are buying approximately twice as many guns per month as they were 16 years ago.

    That's nice to see. :)

  3. You just have to look on some of the Reddit gun subs. Everyday there are several posts of "just got my first AR" or "want to get an AR which one". The last one that stood out to me was "last month I had zero ARs now I have (picture of two ARs) and four lowers"

    The gun shops and shows are busy in central FL, not Newtown busy, but busy.