December 2012 NSSF-Adjusted FBI NICS Background Checks Soar 58.6%

The NSSF has released their adjusted figures for December 2012’s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) checks. December’s total (2,237,731) represents an increase of 58.6 percent over the previous year’s number (1,410,937). The NSSF-adjusted NICS 2012 year-end figure (13,780,285) represents a 27.7 percent increase over the 2011 year-end total (10,791,275). No doubt the December and year-end totals would have been significantly higher if firearms inventories hadn’t been depleted by the Great Gun Surge. Expect January’s numbers to reflect the drought. [NB: 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.]