March FBI NICS Background Checks Surge 20%

Gun control advocates are busy repeating the mantra “more guns, less people.” In other words, they believe gun buyers are a shrinking demographic. To be fair, I’m not as tall as I once was and I’ve bought more than my fair share of firearms in the last few years. Provided you consider “more than twenty” doing my bit for the gun control crowd. Where was I? Oh yes, the National Shooting Sports Federation. Every month, the industry lobby group tallies-up the number of background checks run by gun dealers using (as they must) the FBI’s The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, uh, system. The NSSF adjusts the NICS numbers to weed-out checks run for concealed carry weapons permits et voila! This March’s numbers beat last March’s numbers by 20 percent. Make the jump for more detailed stats and disclaimer . . .

“The March 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,189,152 is an increase of20.0 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 990,840 in March 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted March 2012 NICS figure of 1,715,125 reflects a 19.3 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,437,709 in March 2011.

This marks the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.”