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Oh look! Another month with over a million guns purchased by law-abiding Americans. That sound you hear in the distance is a hundred red-shirted moms crying out in horror and anguish.

Oh wait…it was actually 1.2 million. Sorry, Shannon! September, if you’re keeping score at home, was the 38th consecutive month with gun sales over 1 million.

As the NSSF’s Mark Oliva tells us . . .

September’s figure of over 1.2 million background checks for a firearm sale shows that firearm purchases remain steady and appear to headed toward making 2022 the third strongest year on record for firearm sales. It also marks 38 continuous months of when background checks for firearm sales have exceeded 1 million.

That’s a remarkable sustained trend and demonstrates that the firearm industry is meeting this continued increased demand for firearm ownership. This shows that law-abiding Americans continue to purchase firearms for self-defense, hunting and recreational shooting at levels that were unseen just three years ago and that the firearm industry continues to meet that demand for lawful firearm ownership.

Here’s the NSSF’s press release . . .

The September 2022 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,243,687 is a decrease of 7.9 percent compared to the September 2021 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,350,754. For comparison, the unadjusted September 2022 FBI NICS figure 2,437,563 reflects a 6.3 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,602,293 in September 2021.

The September 2022 figures were the third strongest for the month on record.

The third quarter 2022 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 3,763,618 reflects a decrease of 5.2 percent compared to the 3,970,570 figure for third quarter 2021, making third quarter 2022 the third highest on record.

Please note: Twenty-five states currently have at least one qualified alternative permit, which under the Brady Act allows the permit-holder, who has undergone a background check to obtain the permit, to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer without a separate additional background check for that transfer. The number of NICS checks in these states does not include these legal transfers based on qualifying permits and NSSF does not adjust for these transfers.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide an additional picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions for sales or transfers of new or used firearms.

It should be noted that these statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold or sales dollars. Based on varying state laws, local market conditions and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.

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  1. My contribution to these figures: a Zastava ZAP M70 with the dark maple furniture. Beautiful and rugged rifle.

  2. Cool😎 Tentatively planning a black friday shotgun buy. I expect more riots n looting …

    • walker,

      Given when Election Day happens, I don’t know that I’d put off that shotgun purchase until then. Likely to need it along about November 9, when the ‘black bloc’ @$$holes come out to “mostly peacefully protest”, after the idiot Leftist/fascists get their collective @$$ kicked. Just sayin’.

  3. “Gunms and Blammo”, as the ‘Marsupial One’ would say… 🙂

    • Emu. The Marsupial One uses “emu”. I’ve tried to coerce him into using Blammo or even Wammo but he persists with the downunder big bird connotation. Maybe it’s an animal thing…

  4. My contribution…Purchased a .308 receiver set in August and another set in September on a Labor Day deal. After lots of time, work and repeat work inherent with most AR .308 stripped receiver builds both run like a Swiss Watch. On the shelf in waiting is a AP stripped upper, PRI gas block, 12 15/16″ rail handguard, FA A1 length .308 buttstock assembly, Faxon Big Gunner medium profile barrel. As much as I enjoy shooting the M1A possomo, they are too expensive to build right.

  5. Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Production to Resume with Halyna Hutchins’ Widower Executive Producing >

    “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of ‘Rust,’ including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed,” Hutchins said in a statement … The filming of ‘Rust,’ which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023.”

  6. Sure would like to see these monthly reports broken out by State. I think it would be very informative.

  7. Just to illustrate how foolish the Left is consider these facts:
    Every time they get on a gun control kick more guns are purchased legally.
    With these so-called guns buy backs much of the time they are getting unusable or newly printed 3d guns and in no case or combination of cases does the intake come close to matching the number of new firearms purchased.
    Latest information shows that the demographics of firearms purchased includes totally new target groups, women, minorities, and non-conservatives.
    When they talk about gun confiscation the job becomes even more unreasonable because the ratio of people likely to be able to come and get your firearms are outnumbered better than 50 to 1 and those numbers continue to increase at a rate that makes the job a sheer impossibility.
    Additionally, if you look at the history of gun registration and or confiscation in some states like CT, NY, NJ non- compliance was estimated at 85% or higher and in all cases State Police superintendents told their Governors they would only enforce those laws in the commission of another crime. No door-to-door contacts.
    So, the key take away for all law-abiding gun owners is simply resistance and non-cooperation. Make it an administrative and physically impossible task for them to come and collect legally purchased firearms. If they don’t have a warrant don’t even deal with them or answer any questions refer them to your lawyer and get their names and badge numbers and the phone number of their supervisor because they probably violated your 4th Amendment rights to privacy by having information, they should not have in the first place.
    Most important is to invoke your state’s Make My Day or Castle Domain Law if they try to enter your home without a warrant.

  8. I think I only bought two firearms in September. They were private sales, so I guess they don’t count.

    • If I were you, I’d walk outside and kiss that free ground you’re standing on. God Bless, Carry on!

      • FREE ground. You are elfin joking. Free for exactly WHAT? Maybe you migh take a look at the cause of crime and not the results.
        Put youselves in the shoes of the bad guys and gals for a start. They have exactly the same motives of self preservation as you have asnd tghe more thatb they believe that they maybe faced with a firearm the more likley they are to be prepared to use one as a first option. And they will ALWAYS have the advantage unless they are so stupid they they have the weapon in their bloody pocket- on which I would not COUNT. The man with a gun-in-hand ALWAYS has the advantage. Far more people are killed trying to out draw down on ”the man-in hand” than are ever saved that’s for sure.

  9. I got a Shiloh Sharps Quigley in 45-70gvt on order.
    Wait time is 18-24 months. 🙁

  10. Arizona. If a resident of the state has a Concealed Weapons Permit, the background check is made with the Sate data base, not the federal. The thinking is that the state data is more likely to be up to date than the federal information.

  11. Yea and if Katie Hobb Nobb gets Guvner I’m sure she would be happy to share with her dear leader. Arizona has sadly turned purpleish in the last decade.

  12. I’d love to see these monthly reports categorized by state fnf. The information would be very helpful, in my opinion.

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