Spreadsheet table of NICS checks

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.

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).

2020 Gun Sales Have Likely Surpassed All of 2019

Although total August volume of firearm sales isn't available yet, it's likely that 2020 gun sales have already surpassed all numbers for 2019.

June Sets NICS Volume/Gun Sales Record

The FBI processed a total of 3,931,607 records through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in June, roughly 1.6 million more than the same month in 2019 and nearly 200,000 more than the previous highwater mark, set in March.

FBI Processes Record-Breaking Number of Background Checks

The FBI recently processed over 200,000 NICS background checks in one day, setting the all-time record.

Black Friday Background Checks Pass 200,000 for First Time Ever

Gun sales set a new record on Black Friday 2017, as the NICS background-check system recorded more than 200,000 requests in a single day.

"Trump Slump" a Myth as NICS Background Checks Soar

The August 2017 NICS background check numbers show that gun sales remain strong, even after a contentious election year.

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