Last month was the third-highest September on record in terms of federal background checks for gun transfers since the system was established almost a quarter century ago.
The unadjusted figures of 2,437,563 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month, when adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remove figures for gun permit checks and rechecks, stood at a healthy 1,243,687. When compared to historical data going back to 1998, only Sept. 2021 (1,350,754) and Sept. 2020 (1,632,918) – during the height of the COVID scare and associated millions in federal stimulus checks – were narrowly higher.
Further, it continues the ongoing more than three-year trend of likely gun sales breaking the 1-million mark. Gun industry experts told Guns.com that shows firearm purchases remain steady and appear headed toward making 2022 the third strongest year on record for firearm sales.
"This demonstrates that law-abiding Americans continue to purchase firearms for self-defense, hunting, and recreational shooting at levels that were unseen just three years ago and that the firearm industry continues to meet that demand for lawful firearm ownership," said Mark Oliva, public affairs director with NSSF.
Even with the near-record numbers, it should be noted that the actual number of gun sales is likely a good bit higher than the NICS data would show. This is because federal background check numbers don't include private gun sales in most areas or in one of the more than 20 states where a carry permit can be used in lieu of the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady Law, which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check. Plus, the figures don't cover personally made guns that, contrary to the best scaremongering efforts of the Biden administration, remain legal to produce.
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