May NICS Background Check Total Was the Third Highest Monthly Total Ever

May 2020 NICS background checks

Courtesy NSSF

From the NSSF:

The May 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,595,790 is an increase of 75.2 percent compared to the May 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 910,910. For comparison, the unadjusted May 2020 FBI NICS figure 3,066,740 reflects a 32.1 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,320,918 in May 2019.

Please note: Twenty-five 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. Recently, the states of Alabama and Michigan had law changes that affected their Brady Law standing which removed qualifying alternate permits usage for firearm transactions.

These changes went into effect July 22, 2019 for Alabamaand March 3, 2020 for Michigan. In May 2020, Alabama state’s NSSF-adjusted NICS was 298.0 percent higher than May 2019, which accounts for an additional 38,877 checks over this time last year. May 2020 NICS numbers for Michigan were up 297.5% over May 2019 and account for an additional 48,097 checks.

The past months, and especially the events of the past week, show us that in uncertain times, law-abiding Americans will consistently choose to take responsibility for their own safety, as is their right. Police were already stretched thin before this wave of unrest, prisoners recently released from jails were being re-arrested for subsequent violent crimes and the widespread destruction of personal property and assaults remind Americans that they must be their own first-responder.

We encourage all gun owners to properly secure firearms when they are not carried or in use and to seek training for proper firearms handling and marksmanship skills.


  1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    Hope lots of new, safe, responsible gun owners out there.
    Train…be safe…be healthy.

  2. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    Just wait until June ….

    1. avatar LP1911 says:

      I was thinking the same, since those numbers do not reflect the riots.

      1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

        Exactly June should be Katy Bar The Door as far as firearm sales

  3. avatar Duane says:

    The more guns the better

  4. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    I added 3 this month… Just doing my part.

    1. avatar LifeSavor says:


      Three in one month!
      Exceedingly jealous!😮

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        First time this year, making up for lost time. I’m fortunate enough to be working from home and not spending money on date nights, school activities for my kid or gas to drive to work. 3× .22 pistols 1 was a gift, one for woods carry and one for practice.

        1. avatar Prndll says:

          I’ve been wanting one of those .22 wranglers from Ruger. It’s just low on the list right now.

    2. avatar Jimmy says:

      I added 2 this mouth,,, an the NICS CHECK what a hell of a wait time 1hour an 1/2

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Saturday there was a 1 hour wait to get into the gun store (they were limiting 5 in at a time, and there was a rush by middle-aged Middle-Eastern men trying to tool up before riots hit thier buisnesses). I got in 11 min before closing at 3 pm and was out the door by 3:07pm. That was the longest background check of the three in May, 1st was about 3 min, 2nd (Memorial day) was less than 10 min.

    3. avatar UpInArms says:

      Personally, I’d be spending that money on more ammo for the ordnance I’ve already got. But, to each his own.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Ammo hasn’t come down enough to my stock up price that’s why I bought more guns I can afford to shoot cheaply.

  5. avatar LifeSavor says:

    These riots have caused me to re-think my home defense arsenal: three pistols and a 12 gauge tactical shotgun. Maybe a shotgun with longer range, or a rifle. Not sure. Thinking through scenarios.

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      I felt good about having a tacticool AR and pistols. And a shotgun I never shoot. Just the thing for rioters,anarchy & looting. I wish the cop’s in my ravished town understood thieves will back down from a rifle! Hey Trump is sending in the military😃😎😋😏

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:


        Blated HB!

        Any luck with the car?

      2. avatar LifeSavor says:


        Belated HB!

        Any luck with the car?

        1. avatar former water walker says:

          Thanks! Car is on hold. It’s minor. We had a major rain event 9 day’s ago. Got WET. My youngest son’s birthday was today. I’m just glad the scum didn’t wreck his restaurant job!

    2. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

      I was thinking through what I have to shoot the baddies:

      1 9mm
      2 380
      1 22LR
      1 12 gauge
      1 7.62x54R
      1 7mm Mauser
      1 6.5 Jap
      1 8x54R

      They all have rounds, are loaded, secured (with easy owner access) and ready to repel invaders.

    3. avatar David Bradford says:

      Might I suggest a PCC in a caliber you already have a stock of self defense ammo for. I personally have a JR carbine (glock mag) in 9 mm with 33-Round mags. Much easier to get on, and stay on target than with a pistol.

  6. avatar Dennis says:

    A fact that is being ignored or is lost on the people who are the cause of it!

  7. avatar Dude says:


  8. avatar Ralph says:

    The last two weeks have also been good for gasoline sales, but recycling of empty bottles is down 25%.

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      I for one will be ecstatic when I can get rid of my cans and bottles,I’m running out of ammunition stocking room with all the damn recyclables due to the Chi Comm Wu Flu.

  9. avatar strych9 says:

    The *truly shocking* bit is that with all these sales we still don’t have people thinking they’re the law and massing all over… anyone. Even with the riots.

    Could it possibly be that maybe, just maybe, gun owners really aren’t the problem they’re made out to be?

  10. avatar Prndll says:

    I hope O’Rourke is watching. Feinstein, Clinton, Pelosi, and Schiff it the fan too.

    Your not taking everyone’s AR15’s. The American people have spoken.

    1. avatar UpInArms says:

      Funny thing about that. I’m all over the MSM web sites on an almost daily basis. Nothing from the Democrats on this situation… just crickets.

  11. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    No chit,wonder why.

  12. avatar SouthernShooter says:

    We had some blowup over the Internet locally during the weekend. Changed over to full size from sub compact lc9s pro and loaded up the Hi Point 9mm carbine and extra mags.
    Glad I didn’t need them.

  13. avatar vaadu says:

    June may not be higher due to a lack of supply. NOVA is supposed to have a Nations gun show 19-21 June. Unless manufacturers are running 24×7 I expect to see few firearms and high priced ammunition.

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