The election year gun buying binge is accelerating. In the midst of the holiday gift-giving season, December’s adjusted NICS background check data — a good barometer of overall gun buying activity — was up a healthy 15%. But January’s number put that number to shame.
According to the latest adjusted data, January, 2020’s background check volume jumped almost 25% over the year-earlier period. The busy beavers who toil away to make the FBI’s National Instant Background Check system work performed over 2.7 million background checks last month. Again, that’s adjusted to back out carry permit application checks and follow-up checks that some states perform.
Remember that the FBI’s numbers don’t tell the whole story, either. More than 20 states don’t require concealed carry permit holders to undergo a background check when buying firearms. Which means the actual number of guns sold was much higher.
Did you do your part? What gun(s) did you buy in January to keep the momentum going?