NICS Checks Up In October
American Handgunner – October opened with a mass shooting in Las Vegas and closed with a terror truck attack in New York City, and in between the FBI National Instant Check System recorded the second-highest number of background checks for the month since the system went on line in 1998.
It’s a raw figure that does not represent the actual number of firearms sold, but October saw 2,030,391 NICS checks initiated. Only October of 2016 surpassed this year’s figure, at 2,333,539 checks. Recall that was the final month before the presidential election in which the popular opinion was that Hillary Rodham Clinton would walk away with the vote.
It didn’t work out that way. Since Donald Trump took office, firearm sales have lagged, even though the raw NICS numbers have been keeping a fair pace.
Now, there’s something of a caveat here, and it comes from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The monthly “NSSF-Adjusted” NICS number was 1,132,065, which was a 16.3 percent decrease from the October 2016 NSSF-Adjusted figure of 1,353,299.
NSSF also noted the following: “The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.”…