The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released their tally of adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks for September 2011. The number rose 14 percent over last September (878,345 vs. 770,310). That makes it 16 straight month of year-on-year increase in NICS checks. FYI: the NSSF deletes permit-related background checks where possible (e.g., Kentucky, Iowa and Utah). While the NICS numbers aren’t all directly related to firearms sales, it’s clear that reports of the death of the U.S. firearms industry are premature. Statmeisters should click here for a breakdown of unadjusted NICS checks from January 2011 to date, broken down by state.