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.