May 2020: Over 3 Million NICS Background Checks, 1.6 Million Guns Sold

Image via FBI.

A lot of people thought Barack Obama earned the title of America’s best gun salesman. No more. Democrats, foaming at the mouth with chronic TDS, demanding more gun control and promising confiscations, along with a pandemic and, at the end of the month, nationwide rioting and looting, have caused gun sales to spike in May like never before.

Of course, we know plenty of people for whom happiness is a warm new gun. And the Federal Bureau of Investigation helped facilitate a whole lot of happiness across America last month.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) unit processed checks for merchants delivering over 1.6 million new guns into the hands of eager buyers. Yes, a lot of happiness indeed. And that doesn’t include the states where new background checks aren’t needed for sales to concealed carry permit holders.

Image via FBI.

Adding in checks completed for carry licenses and re-checks of existing licenses, the FBI NICS unit completed a total of over three million background checks, the third biggest month ever in the history of the program.

Furthermore, May 2020’s total of 1,604,236 firearm transactions background checks (as reported by the FBI) represented an 81% spike in guns sold over May 2019’s 887,319. Compared to the Obama years, May 2020 saw nearly twice as many guns sold as any May when the great healer occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Clearly Americans are voting with their wallets against the inflammatory rhetoric from many in the Democrat Party who want to ban the sale of America’s favorite guns. And even confiscate those already owned.

Americans know that guns protect families, children and businesses. Now more than ever.


  1. avatar Name withheld to protect from flames. says:

    1.6 Million Guns Sold: and all of them OD Green Springfield XD pistols.
    I applaud America’s ability to forgive Springfield’s alleged shenanigans. But I question Merica’s color choice. Are we all taking these duck hunting?

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      Lol my thoughts exactly.

    2. avatar Casey says:

      That’s the only kind of stuff left on the shelf at this point. The politics of which gun manufacturer we don’t like has zero impact on the people panic-buying something to keep their family alive.

      High point has their day.

    3. avatar Anymouse says:

      New buyers aren’t POTG, so they don’t know or care about the history of SA and RRA.

  2. avatar Peter Gunn says:

    So, here’s more proof that people demand action on guns. The action they demanded resulted in 1.6 million new guns in the people’s hands. Seems very simple, crystal clear, and straightforward. What exactly about this can the media not understand?

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      Some of the Marxist Left just sipping the koolaid isn’t good enough they have to swim in it, which precludes hearing or seeing straight it’s rather difficult, thus the term being in the tank.

  3. avatar jwm says:

    We’re going to run out of room for guns soon.

    Maybe we should annex Canada and make it the 51st state. Lots of room for more guns there.

    1. avatar enuf says:

      At long last, we could bust up their Maple Syrup Cartel!!!

      Seriously, they have one of those. Govt sanctioned Mapel Syrup Organized Crime Syndicate.

      And I thought my own country was peculiar …. sometimes.

    2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      But where would we send all those Canadians, California ?

      1. avatar The anti-fancy says:

        Maybe England? The Canadians still seem to have an affinity for the crown.

      2. avatar jwm says:

        They won;t be Canadians anymore. They’d be Americans. They can all move to Florida if they want.

        1. avatar The anti-fancy says:

          They might have to give up ice hockey

        2. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

          No friggin way do more of them come here. We already have half a year of Quebec as it is.

  4. avatar CTstooge says:

    I bought two in May. Yay me!!!!

    1. avatar JoeyJ says:

      Uh…two Canadians, or two guns???

      1. avatar CTstooge says:

        Admittedly one was black powder, so it won’t show on NICS. Still fun watching mailman haul an 1853 Enfield out of his truck. Damn box was taller than him.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Black powder? Ain’t that kinda rayciss?

          Isn’t Antiquated Chemical Propellant more PC?

    2. avatar cgray says:

      RED FLAG

  5. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    ” Democrats, foaming at the mouth with chronic TDS, demanding more gun control and promising confiscations, along with a pandemic and, at the end of the month, nationwide rioting and looting, have caused gun sales to spike in May like never before.”

    Not to mention turning convicted felons out on the street to prey on the people.

  6. avatar JoeyJ says:

    At this point, let the noobies buy the guns. The wise are buying ammo for the guns they already have.

    1. avatar Wood and steel says:

      Yep been stocking a box or two a week from 2013 on

    2. avatar Mad Max says:

      If I buy any more ammo I’m going to break a 4×10 floor joist or two. I stocked up with extra 9mm, .38 Spl., .45 ACP, & 5.56 in Feburary just before the prices went up. Got over 100,000 rounds on-hand.

      I also stocked up on guns in 2019. Have enough ARs and handguns to equip my neighbors if it becomes necessary.

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  7. avatar former water walker says:

    Cool…I prepared. Wait till the June numbers!

  8. avatar TempestMk2 says:

    Why do they have almost twice as many NICS checks as guns sold? Shouldn’t the numbers be the other way around?

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Can you read?

  9. avatar neiowa says:

    Auction on the 30th and P/U on the 31st so I just managed to assist. Found some decent prices on some used and some NIB. Quite a few were VERY expensive by standards of Dec/Jan (unsurprisingly).

    Former 401K $ (I cashed out before the recent crash) now in something inflation proof and immune to Wall Street hype and machinations.

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