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There are a lot of new normals in this post-pandemic, post-George Floyd world. And with a President who preaches almost daily about his desire for not only an “assault weapons” V2.0, but confiscating all semi-automatics, the general public has gotten the message and is acting accordingly. To wit: they’re buying guns. Lots of them. Every month.

As the NSSF’s Mark Oliva tells us . . .

March’s NSSF Adjusted NICS figure of 1,556,492 marks 44 consecutive months when background checks have exceeded 1 million. That sustained figure is clearly demonstrative of America’s continued desire to exercise their Second Amendment rights to lawfully purchase and own a firearm. This trend continues even as President Joe Biden demands stricter gun control measures that only place barriers in the way of law-abiding citizens yet does nothing to address the ongoing issues of crime and access to mental health. Antigun politicians in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California are doing the same thing and these sustained figures show that they are out of step with the concerns of millions of Americans lawfully purchasing firearms every month.  

Here’s the NSSF’s press release . . .

The March 2023 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,556,492 is a decrease of 6.8 percent compared to the March 2022 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,669,578. For comparison, the unadjusted March 2023 FBI NICS figure 2,954,230 reflects a 2.0 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 3,014,465 in March 2022.

March 2023 marks the 44th consecutive month that has exceeded 1 million adjusted background checks in a single month.

Please note: Twenty-four states currently have at least one qualified alternative permit, which under the Brady Act allows the permit-holder, who has undergone a background check to obtain the permit, to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer without a separate additional background check for that transfer. The number of NICS checks in these states does not include these legal transfers based on qualifying permits and NSSF does not adjust for these transfers.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide an additional picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions for sales or transfers of new or used firearms. 

It should be noted that these statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold or sales dollars. Based on varying state laws, local market conditions and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.

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  1. Kind of a pointless “statistic”.

    They also admit this accounts for any NICs background checks, including transfers.

    What does matter is FIRST TIME buyers, and we know that has been increasing drastically since 2019 (well, before that too). Almost like people got a taste of what it was like to feel defenseless…

    • Whether it is slowly decreasing demand or massively increased production ammo availability and cost are improving even with the hoops we have to go through up here. Now to wait and see what part of the 2nd circuit decision we will need to challenge and how the SAFE act case progresses this month.

  2. The best thing to do is make sure you are armed and also ignore any efforts at registration or confiscation of any firearm you bought legally. They have no right to take your property or make a criminal out of you. Don’t give in to Red Flag Laws unless they show you a warrant for your arrest. They cannot enter your house without one and if they do invoke your State’s Make My Day or Castile Domain laws and defend yourself, family, and property. There are far more firearm owners than law enforcement and letting them know you will not comply will discourage most of them from making the effort. They are supposed to serve and protect and swore an oath to the Constitution and if they break that Oath, they are not entitiled to be in law enforcement or obeyed.

    • of you live in Uvalde and do this, they will hang around outside for over an hour giving you plenty of time to get ready.

      • plus, of ot is Uvalde just put a few hand sanitizer dispensers out and it will delay them even more.

  3. “March Was the 44th Consecutive Month With More Than 1 Million Firearms Sold”

    No, it’s been 44 consecutive months where NICS background checks have exceeded 1 million during the period.

    That’s different. Stats matter.

    While the roughly 1.5 million NICS checks definitely infer over a million guns sold during March, we can’t prove it. (I do not doubt it, however.)

  4. The biden crime family have weaponized the system against their political enemies.

    Any wonder the nation is arming up?

    • Since Creepy Uncle Joe is obviously a parrot, won’t it be interesting to learn that “Dr. Jill” has been the brains of the outfit all along? I can see movie posters about The Godmother in my mind as I type…

      • hawkeye, new boss same as the old boss. What was that old joke back in the day? Bill and his husband returned to Little Rock shortly after becoming a newly minted president. As the motorcade passed through town Bill saw his husband’s high school boyfriend pumping gas. He said, “Look, if you’d married him you would be married to a gas jockey today.” His husband replied, “No, if I had married him he would be the president today.”

      • Jill Biden’s control of Creepy Joe reminds me of the situation with Woodrow Wilson who had a stroke and Wilson’s second wife, Edith, and his personal physician, Dr. Cary Grayson, literally hid the president from public view. No one was willing to declare Wilson unfit to lead. This is very much like John Fetterman’s wife Gisele Barreto Fetterman pushing him to remain in the Senate, while he is completely unsuited to the position because of his major stroke.

  5. I didn’t buy a dang thing gat related last month. Trying to navigate the ILL Dimscum© ban’s🙁

  6. The harder they push to restrict gun rights, the more guns people buy. Are we surprised? Not in America. These statistics demonstrate that any attempt to ban and confiscate firearms is a lost cause.

  7. Be interesting to know what ammo sales are like these days. Prices are, if not pre-koof levels, at least somewhat reasonable. I’ve been building up my stock recently, especially .22LR

  8. Well we have all the chambers we can feed…For the forseeable future no more which is a good and a bad feeling. I really enjoy building, sighting in and building another. Recipes used to change a bit build to build but you reach a point of repeat where you go with ingredients that performed well and yield the best bang for the buck. I.E. for my last AR-15…Carbine chrome lined FN barrel, Aero M4E1 upper receiver, Angstadt BCG, Fulton Armory A1 Buttstock assembly, Anderson lower receiver, B.King’s 7.25″ handguard, Sadlak rail height clamp gas block, US made A2 style detach Carry Handle converted for 2 dot night sights along with installing a sight tower guide pin, import detachable front sight converted for a Night Sight post, USGI flash hider, various LPK mods, lots of attention to detail from eliminating buttstock door slop to timing the flash hider, etc.

    • And just what the fluck FOR?? Seems more than a trifle obsessive to the point of serious mental instability.
      You really do need to address your inferiority complex or sexual inadequacies, or more likely both, that drives your obsession for all things that go-bang, bang, bang.

      By the way I handles firearms professionally as a SERGEANT SMALLARMS INSTRUCTOR and ARMOURER in the ROYAL AIR FORCE [and bloody great bombs,and cannons and AAA guns and missiles and exlosives and ejection seats] and as a member of the UK Infantry Reserves [5 Battalion PWRR and 5 QUEENS] but since leaving the Services I have had not the slightest need or wish to own or use firearms except for a short foray into SKEET SHOOTING and I taught, and was myself taught, to KILL with handguns to bloody BOFOR 40/70.

      • Albert L J Hall, it seems my fine feathered Leftist, that it is you who has a sever case of mental instability. You seem to have forgotten your Fascist friends and their philosophy, have their roots in your Socialist philosophy.
        You “handles” firearms professionally as a Sergeant smallarms (it’s two words, Englishman) and armourer in th RAF? LOL. Aside from your education being sorely neglected, you can’t even write a grammatically correct sentence. If you are a member of the UJ;s Infantry Reserves, the UK is in serious trouble.

        • “If you are a members of the . . . Infantry Reserves, the UK is in serious trouble.”

          Walter, Prince Albert, the Fake-Limey Ponce, is not and never has been (i) a Limey, or (ii) a small arms instructor, or (iii) a part of the uniformed military, even of a faded and insignificant country like Britain. His ignorance of all things firearm-related is legendary, his faux “Britishness” is obvious to anyone who has spent any time there, and not even the pathetic Brits would dare put that illiterate, ignorant twit in a uniform.

          If I had to guess, he’s a 20-something college drop-out, typing away from his mommy’s basement, and maybe he visited a fake-English pub, once. His grammatical ineptitude, alone, proves his lies about his background and status. He’s a pathetic assclown playing stupid “stolen valor” games. He needs to sod off and commit seppuku.

  9. One more thing Senile Joe and Black Chicago Jesus have in common – they are two of the best gun salesmen in our history. Well done, idiots, well done, indeed.

    Leftist/fascists seem to feel a need to regularly demonstrate their stupidity. No need, guys – we’ve know you were stupid for decades.

    • And the connection between FASCISTS and LEFTISTS in any POLITICAL sense is??

      They are in political terms, DIAMETRICALLY opposed. Nobody but nobody forces anybody else to purcahse firearms- the whole idea is elfin ludicrous. If anybody is forcing the issue it’s the American firearms Industry that puts profits before death and destruction and convincing weak minded idiots to purchase even MORE as well as buying off a high proportion of the US Legislature.

      • Albert L J Hall, i have a lot more bad news for you. Fascists and Leftists are kin folk. It seems there was this guy, Giovanni Gentile who ghost wrote Mussolini’s Manifesto. Did you (conveniently) forget he was a leading Italian Socialist who was also a favorite of your Uncle Adolf? No, “sir”, they are far from diametrically opposed. You are bed fold with Fascists and Nazis,

      • Because, you complete simpleton, Leftists are left-wing authoritarians, just like that guy with the funny mustache. MOST authoritarian fascists are left-wing, throughout history . . . which you would know, if you had even a minimal education. Yes, there have been a few authoritarian right-wingers who might fairly be called fascists, like Pinochet, for example (if you even know who that is, you ignoranus). The list of left-wing fascists stretched to near-infinite lengths – Castro, Che, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Ortega, Chavez, Maduro, Pol Pot, Sukharno, Lumumba, and a near-endless list of others. Hitler was a national SOCIALIST, you embarrassingly stupid ignoranus. NONE of them were “right-wing”, you gormless twit.

        You are too fucking stupid to insult.

      • No, you total assclown, no one forces any of us to buy firearms – we CHOOSE to. YOU, and other idiots like you, certainly seem interested in FORBIDDING us to . . . which makes you left-wing (by your own admission, several times) and authoritarian. In other words, a fascist. Glad to give you the education you seem to have managed to avoid until now.

  10. Well,I cant buy anymore gunms. Unless its somthing really big, like blow the Buick in half fck the bumpers big.

  11. The disheartening thing about gun purchase stats is that we cannot validly determine the number of new gun owners. If 100 million current gun owners buy a single firearm in a month, that would not demonstrate a growing number of people buying guns. And, the estimated 100+ million current gun owners have yet to significantly, politically, intimidate the anti-gun mafia into obscurity.

    • Why should anybody want to INTIMIDATE anybody else making a personal choice of opposing firearms and supporting Firearms control measures? .
      It’s THEIR DEMOCRATIC and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT ,of which you are only to ready point out when it come’s to YOU ELFIN CHOICES.
      And therfe lies the problem in US Politicas THE ONLY RIGHT CHOICE IS MY CHOICE and if you think that’s FREEDOM God Help you and America.

      FREEDOM is FREEDOM to have personal choices within the law and NOT to be intimidated for having them by FASCISTS like you appear to be. The first thing FASCISTS [or any EXTREMIST POLITICAL SYSTEM come to that] always do is to TAKE all power and DEMOCRACY from the people and THAT includes YOU my friend.

      GOD HELP AMERICA and SAVE it from people like you.

      • Albert L J Hall, You people (sic) try intimidating gun owners all the time. Yes, it is their “Constitutional right” to oppose any old thing their little heart desires. If you recall, it was people like us who saved you Brits and Europe from Nazis and Fascists. We still have to put up with the likes of you though.

  12. Would be interesting to know how the Smith Wesson rebate program (ended Mar31) contributed. By observation at a couple recent gun shows it would be substantial.

  13. And 1 of the NICS checks for April will be me getting my permit renewed. Don’t need it to carry in AL. but do need it for out of state. Just wish when the various states do permitless carry, they would also include permitless for those of us who live in other permitless states.

  14. Good news for the US ARMS INDUSTRY. Bad news for everybody else in America It for absolute certain WILL NOT decrease the level of crime or death by firearms. BUT why would an industry that puts profit before death and destruction car two Monkey’s Nuts about that.
    I repeat though it should not be nessessary that b anincreasing number of available firearms will not lead to a dex crease in CRIME associated with FIREARMS – it that were the case by now such crimes would have fallen through the floor.

    Let me again repeat that -The widespread gun ownership and availability, and it’s quite easy too check that out, does not, and has not], diminished the crime rate associated with firearms one IOTA. In fact the incidences of DEATH and MASS including SCHOOL SHOOTINGS has a has a direct relationship with firearm availability. But hey as long as tghere is a return on investment and a fair proportion of the LEGISLAURE canbe bought bythe FIREAMRS INDUSTRY who the hell cares.
    Oh there is a lot of a’weeping and a’wailing after each School Shooting but NOTHING is done about it and the parents of these kids no doubt all rush out, buy a bloody firearms and add to the problem.

    • Albert L J Hall, I have some very bad news for you. We have in this country something we call the 2nd Amendment. More bad news: Guns don’t kill people. People Kill people. If we were to accept your premise that “guns kill people”, we would have to ban autos, knives, hammers etc. Each death no matter what the cause, causes much wailing. Death is an unfortunate part of life. Even you will die one day.

  15. avatar The smart people almost doubled the number of lead spewing devices when Brandon got in illegally!

    If you own a hammer you better invest in nails!!!


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