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The National Shooting Sports Foundation would like it to be known that they – not the NRA – are the industry shills the anti-gunners are looking for. In fact, the NSSF is the firearms industry lobby group, the Newtown-based org that wants to Fix NICS (not my favorite idea) and puts on the SHOT Show Media Day at the Range (my very favorite idea). They keep data on firearms sellers’ mandatory use of the FBI’s background check system, deduct NICS searches for concealed carry and such, and come up with the chart above. And the survey says . . .

The September 2015 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,071,945 is the highest September on record for the 17-year-old system, with an increase of 4.7 percent compared to the September 2014 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,024,272. For comparison, the unadjusted September 2015 NICS figure of 1,786,743 reflects a 23.4 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure 1,447,485 in September 2014.


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    • Except the antis always spin this as:

      “More fearful OFWGs are buying more guns for their arsenals. No new gun owners were created.”

      • Yeah, it’s pretty tough on us OFWGs. Had to buy a vacant Wal-Mart to store all the guns I bought last year.

        Hey, I would really appreciate it if some of you young folks would start taking up the slack – I am getting a little tired of doing all the heavy lifting on the gun buying front. Just follow the following principles: (1) “If you can’t decide between two (or more) guns, buy them all.” (2) “You are legally entitled to a MINIMUM of one gun of every type (you define ‘type’) for every year of your life.”

        • Only one every year? Yikes! I thought there’s a one gun per month law. I even buy extra when I miss a month. Darn, I hate when I get stuff wrong!

        • @IdahoPete

          I really like your way of thinking, although if you are actually from Idaho it’s not surprising since Idaho is a very cool place. Anyway, I will need to start buying more guns to meet your recommended quota . . . fortunately my wife loves them almost as much as I do and actually took me aside at a gun show and talked me into buying a modern sporting rifle I was looking at. To be honest, I would have to go lay everything out and count them to know for sure how many we have, so I am doing my best to do my part.

          As for the stats? Winning.

          More and more people are seeing the light and realizing they are responsible for their own safety and security, and that the police can’t protect them and the government won’t protect them. In truth, the government sees it’s responsibility as trying to turn everyone into defenseless victims. I’m happy to say that a friend from work asked me to take him and his 12 year old son to the range and teach him gun safety and shooting. The next generation!

      • I get lumped into the OFWG category all the time, despite being gay, not even 30 and hispanic.

        Even in person, I’m automatically, “white.”

        I severely hate the fact that people in this world cannot elevate themselves above a label, despite being, “educated.” It’s pretty pathetic to be frank.

        • Well, until GOD empties heaven of its Angels to come and take you, you couldn’t find yourself in better company. No better Friends, no worse enemies. Wear the title proudly.

          But at least put on a little weight ok? You’re making the rest of us look bad.

        • Haven’t you heard? All Hispanics are white if you don’t fit the agenda item of the moment. 😉

          30 automatically qualifies as ‘old’ if being used for the OFWG stat. Heh.


        • Actually the whole “white” part of any racial description is pure bullshit. African Americans are not “black” anymore. Hispanics are not “brown”. Japanese Americans are not “yellow”. So why in the Hell are European Americans called “white” as a racial or ethnic designation ? And, as Emfourty points out, you often can’t tell a Hispanic person from a “white” person by looking at them. We, as a country, need to get rid of the “white” label because it is really discrimination based on how you look. And person’s that look “:white” have the same right to be proud of their heritage as anyone else rather than being dumped, by default, into the white category. Rise up and change this unfair situation.

        • Galtha 58
          All well and good, but what do you call someone from South Africa who is white. Would you also call them “African” or African white, or if they came to the US on a Visa, would you call them “African Americans”?
          Why are all black people that reside in the US, considered African “Americans” Only the ones who have US citizen ship deserve that title.
          If you are black and entered The US on a work visa, or have residency here, that does not make you “American” anymore than anyone else who is not a citizen.
          My wife is Asian, and can be considered to be “Asian American” , not because she’s here, but because she studied a lot and became an American citizen!
          Merely being in a country does not qualify you to be called what ever they call citizens of that country, any more than I could be called Swedish, just because I was living in Sweden.

        • @Gunr

          Interesting you should use the South African example. I have a good “white” friend who immigrated from South Africa to the US. He was government filling out paperwork for something or other, I honestly don;t remember what,and he got the the ethnicity question, so he figured that since he was originally from Africa but by this time was an American citizen, he qualified as an African American, so he checked the box. When he was meeting with the bureaucrat, they questioned his status because he was “white.” So, even though he was by any definition and African-American, he could not be considered one by the USG standards. Go figure.

        • Me too. In September I bought: a 7.62x54r Vepr, a 5.56×45 MVP Flex, a .357 Magnum Taurus, and a .22LR NAA mini revolver… although now that I think about it, the NAA was in October. Y’know, just before that boating trip/accident.

        • Oops, I was just reminded below that since my Texas CHL allows me to bypass the NICS, my two in September didn’t count. Oh well, never mind then.

  1. I will accept thanks from all, as two (sadly, only two) of those are mine. Was a good month in September.

    1. A very, VERY nice Norinco SKS came up for sale and I snagged it as my Yugo SKS at home seemed a bit lonely lately. I try to always remember that Combloc arms still have their social needs, which should be respected at all times.

    2. A very, VERY homely, beat up, and sad little Remington 722 in .257 Roberts, made in 1949, entered the used market. It intrigued me when I saw it first back in July. It continued to grow on me and was still for sale last month. I had the discipline to put down an offer and to walk away when it was rejected. I thought I had a good point in that it had been for sale in the used racks for at least 2-3 months. Went back two weeks later and repeated the offer, which was then accepted. I think it will make a great project rifle as the bore was absolutely perfect – busy hands are happy hands – and would make a great deer and antelope rifle (not that I’ve ever been deer or antelope hunting, but I have aspirations).

    You’re welcome. 😉

    • You are dead on about it being a great caliber for deer and antelope. Went hunting in Wyoming a few years ago with an old bolt gun, probably a lot like the one you picked up, and absolutely cleaned up with that rifle on the pronghorn. Plenty of bullet for the thin skinned game, and light and fun to shoot as well.

  2. I bought 2 guns in September, neither of which went through NICS. I’ve built one in October, which also did not go through NICS. I wonder what that ratio actually is, NICS purchases to non-NICS purchases?

  3. Nice. Looks like it’s getting to the point where no publicity is bad publicity when it comes to firearm sales.

    Lots of people love guns *and* their right to own them *and* the idea of self-defense, and every time the anti-gun cartel spins up its media machine it only reminds all the real Americans that it’s time to exercise one of their favorite constitutionally guaranteed civil rights.

  4. I bought my AR on the 31st of August, so probably no count there, but on the day of the Umpquah shooting, I saw a long line to the gun counter at my local Air Force base. I just wanted to buy ammo, but I had to be on my way. I did buy a bunch of tools and upgrade parts for my rifle though.

  5. My sense, just my sense, is that most of these background checks/sales are true new business from relatively new shooters or low-volume purchasers, which in the who’s winning equation is a good thing. Just my sense that high volume purchasers (collectors, constant traders, whatever) may have have CCP’s or yes, horror of horrors, purchase from one another directly without background checks.

  6. One of those was mine. I’ve got a long way to go to get to what I think is an arsenal. I also need a few more years and several pounds before I get my OFWG card.

  7. Just one.

    A Star M43 Firestar 9mm. I seek retro on everything I do, from 90s video games to 90s handguns.

    The Firestar is an awesome little pistol, but in 2015 there are myriad better choices (that don’t weigh you down like a pocket full of bricks).

      • As horrifying as it is to contemplate, 1990 was a quarter-century ago.

        Think about that. A 1990 Ford Aerostar minivan is now technically an “antique car”.

        • Yes, it is horrible to contemplate. Well, maybe only somewhat. My daughter was born in 1990. Son in 1993. Ok, so some good things came out of the 90s. Ok. I can live with that.

  8. I believe the checks are worthless.

    However, If not for lack of $, I would throw straw to the wind and buy you all one. Maybe just give you all gift certificates for firearms. I’d make that NICS counter spin around like a fan. Make the rest of the world think we were about to take over.

  9. The total number of NICS checks includes checks relating to new gun purchases and also those relating to new permits and licenses. Even assuming that every gun purchase was made by people who were stocking up — which is a likely as an asteroid strike on Manhattan — the number of new permits is astonishing.

    The harder the gungrabbers push, the harder the people push back. Why? Because people are smart enough to distrust government.

    “We’re suspicious of government as a tool of oppression. And that skepticism is healthy, but it can also be paralyzing when we’re trying to do big things together.”

    — Barack Obama

    In this case, paralysis is great.

    • You bring up a good point Ralph. Let us suppose that ALL of the NICS checks were for concealed carry licenses and NONE of them were for firearm purchases. If we are adding 1.2 million concealed carry licensees to our ranks every month, 1/3 of the entire nation — which is basically ALL of the eligible people — will have concealed carry licenses in about 10 years. Meanwhile, we would be adding 14 million concealed carry licensees this year.

      No matter how you slice it, whether those NICS checks are for concealed carry licenses or for firearm purchases, it is undeniable momentum on our side.

      • It looks like, from the NSSF’s numbers, about 700,000 NICS checks were for something other than a firearm purchase, up from 400,000 last year. Even if only half of those are for carry permits, that’s still a very encouraging number.

    • The rest of us are considering doing “big things together,” Obamao, should push come to shove. So you might lighten up on any oppressiveness that contributes to widespread skepticism.

  10. I told my wife that it was important that I buy that Savage .17HMR and I was right, by doing so I helped make history.

  11. wish i could have added to the count. tuition + baby being born + dog needing surgery have crushed my short term plans to buy some more pieces for the collection

  12. Sorry I didn’t do my part-but I am one of those OFWG everyone talks about. I’ll try to get something on black Friday…

  13. I’m sad I didn’t buy anything in September, I’ll have to catch up, or just avoid the checks and build ghost guns.

  14. Buy bullets and food. The government will hold the food to get your guns, no registration needed. Thomas Jefferson’s letter to James Madison on January 30, 1787 have the last word: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” I have the right to feel safe and that includes carrying a loaded firearm. I have the right to protect myself and if you don’t like it tough $hit.
    The 2nd Amendment was put into the Constitution so the people could protect themselves from a corrupt government. No double standards put DC politicians on Obamacare and SS and take away their guns.Thanks for your support and vote.Pass the word.


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