The FBI has released its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) stats for December 2010 [above]. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) crack number crunchers have adjusted the figures to come up with total firearms sales for the month: 1,133,371 units. That’s a 9.9 percent increase over NSSF-adjusted figures for December 2009 (1,031,344). Year-on-year for the entire year, the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 9,436,182 represents a decrease of one percent over the NSSF-adjusted figure of 9,534,131 in calendar year 2009. Not bad for a country in recession. Still. But wait! There’s more!
More concealed carry weapons [CCW] permits. We know this because the unadjusted NICS figure for calendar year 2010 (14,320,489) shows an increase of 2.4 percent over the unadjusted NICS figure (13,984,953) for calendar year 2009.
“The adjusted NICS data were derived by NSSF by subtracting out NICS purpose-code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.”
In other words, CCW apps are up, 2010 ended strong for firearms sales but overall firearms sales remain static.