May NICS Background Check Total Was the Third Highest Monthly Total Ever

From the NSSF: The May 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,595,790 is an increase of 75.2 percent compared to the May 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 910,910. For comparison, the unadjusted May 2020 FBI NICS figure 3,066,740 reflects a 32.1 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,320,918 in May 2019. Please note: Twenty-five states currently have […]

Retailers: 40% of 2020 Gun Buyers are First-Timers and 40% of Those are Female

By Jim Curcuruto The early part of 2020 has been unlike any other year for firearm purchases—particularly by first-time buyers—as new NSSF research reveals millions of people chose to purchase their first gun during the COVID-19 pandemic. January 2020 started out with a strong SHOT Show, followed by buzz surrounding background check figures on firearms […]

Black Gun Owners – Armed Civilians Protect Both the First and Second Amendments

Black militias are guarding black owned businesses with automatic rifles — Zoomer Clips (@ZoomerClips) May 28, 2020 A video of a group of armed black residents in St. Paul went viral on Thursday. The video shows armed black men standing in front of a store. The person who is recording says that the business they’re protecting […]

Hirshman: The Problem With American Democracy Is White Men With Guns

The union representing Minneapolis Police Officers has long felt that the democratically elected mayor, Jacob Frey, should not be the boss of them. Across the country, armed insurgent demonstrators have expressed similar feelings about their governors: In Michigan, a gang with assault weapons drove the state senators to abandon the capitol. Turns out, in uniform or out, white men with guns can pose […]

Civilian-Owned Weapons Led to the Rise of Democracy

When one reads gun blogs voraciously, one runs across two main types of arguments for our right to keep and bear arms (RKBA). The constitutional argument (the English comprehension model) and the self-defense argument. I have a broader theory, though. The idea hit me when I was watching a TEDx talk by General Peter van […]

People Posting Social Media Pics Pointing Guns at Their Crotches to Own the Fudds

Mother of god — Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) May 19, 2020 Gun enthusiasts love taking pictures of their guns. It’s common practice. America has a gun culture as robust, diverse, and complicated as comic book fans, fantasy nerds, PC gamers, or any other subculture. Like those communities, gun nerds have their own memetic language […]