Gun sales still strong

Despite Sales Decline, 2022 on Pace to See the Third-Largest Number of Guns Sold Since Records Began

The effects of the pandemic and recent social unrest are passing, but firearms sales remain very strong.

May Gun Sales Down but Up from Pre-Pandemic Levels

Americans continue to buy firearms at near-record levels.

November Monthly Gun Sales Third Highest on Record

The number of firearms sold across the United States in November that resulted in an FBI National Instant Criminal Check System (NICS) background check was the third highest on record for the month, according to an estimate by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).

October Gun Sales 30 Percent Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Volume of firearm purchases in October that resulted in an FBI NICs background check was the second highest for the 31-day reporting period on record, lagging only behind the scalding pace in 2020 when the pandemic and social unrest drove transfers to all-time highs.

Gun Sales Remain Strong

Monthly firearm sales nationwide are down compared to the record-setting pace of 2020, but remain at a level that put 2021’s total in second place for volume.

Second-Highest Gun Sales in June Despite 1 Million Decline

Firearm sales processed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in June totaled roughly 1.4 million units.

Firearms Sales Reached Record Numbers in 2020 and Aren't Slowing Down

Firearm-sales records were set, shattered, then set again in 2020, and show no signs of slowing down coming into 2021.

Quarterly Gun Sales Record Set

Of the 4,645,609 names processed through FBI’s National Instant Criminal Check System (NICS) in March, roughly 2.2 million were related to the purchase or transfer of a firearm, according to Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).

Record Firearm and Ammunition Sales

Figures released by the FBI indicate somewhere between 21 and 23 million firearm sales were processed through the agency’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last year.

January 2021 Gun Sales Up Nearly 80 Percent

More than 2.2 million firearms were sold in the United States in January, according to an estimate from Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).

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