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When American retailers sold more than 1 million new firearms in a single month nearly five years ago many considered it a milestone. Now it has become more of the norm, with April marking the fifty-seventh straight month of guns sales of a million or more.

According to a report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the April 2024 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure was just over 1.2 million. That’s a slight decrease from the April 2023 figures of roughly 1.4 million.

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.

Mark Oliva, NSSF’s managing director for public affairs, said gun purchasers have once again made a statement on their freedom.

“Over 1.2 million Americans showed President Biden exactly where they are when it comes to his promises of increased gun control should he be elected for another term,” Oliva said. “President Biden has used every tool at his disposal to attack the firearm industry, from publishing Constitutionally-dubious and overreaching administrative rules that bypass Congress to create criminal law to weaponizing the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security to throttle firearm and ammunition manufacturers and exporters.”

Oliva said that while the president has continued to attack lawful gun owners, he’s ignored the violent criminals preying on everyday Americans.

“Americans reject these misdirected and politically-motivated maneuvers to infringe on their Second Amendment freedoms and punish the industry that makes it possible to exercise the rights to keep and bear arms,” he said. “By the millions, for 57 months straight, Americans choose to lawfully purchase, keep and use the firearms of their choosing.”

It’s important to note that 24 statues 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. The number of NICS checks in those states does not include those legal transfers based on qualifying permits, and NSSF does not adjust for these transfers.

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    • My son has the Savage .308. It’s a good rifle. Get a decent scope for it.

      I picked the Ruger American in .243. Just personal preference. 3×9 redfield scope. At some point I will get better glass.

      But it works a charm at 300 yards.

      • Thanks for the info! I have a couple scopes with rings.One was for my AR(an LPVO) I sent to my buddy in Indiana. Another is a generic 3×9
        Isn’t 243 scarce? Another buddy down south hunts coyotes with it. I have no plans to hunt.

        • 243 seems to vary by area but thanks to 6mm Creedmore the bullets are fairly available if you reload or let friends borrow equipment because fuck doing an ammo background check and giving the state even more money. Ended up with a 3.5-12 on my 308 and honestly 3-9 would almost be overkill for my region (mountains and forest with few places to shoot more than 400 yards.)

        • CA made mail order ammo illegal. So I bought f@ck tons of the stuff while I could still have it shipped to my door.

          After the new law took effect I impulse bought a .357. I just wait until I go to Utah to visit family and stock up there.

    • Great rifle. I’ve hunted deer, elk, and hogs with my old Savage Model 10 in .308 with a Nikon scope.

        • I can’t believe, well i can, but it must suck to be background ckd for ammo. What a pain. Yea I’d hit the next state over for sure (and roll my own).

          • I think CA is a bit worse on overall inconvenience but NY may edge them out in intrusive data mining. But yeah anyone suggesting it is a good idea that would reduce crime should be met with at best ridicule and contempt.

  1. Just wait until Trump is back in office. More conservative justices on scotus. Constitutional carry will be a reality.

    Thank you biden, dacian and miner49er for all you’ve done to make it happen.

      • Everyone fails to recognize the U.S. Senate’s “cloture rule” where they need at least 60 Senators to vote for a bill to go the U.S. Senate floor for a second vote to actually pass the bill–at which time they only need 51 votes to actually pass the bill. (The U.S. Senate created their “cloture rule” themselves–it is not in the U.S. Constitution–and they do not apply that rule to budget bills.)

        Until firearm-friendly Republicans have at least 60 seats in the U.S. Senate (or Republicans have a simple majority and attach firearm-friendly legislation to a budget bill), nothing is going to change with respect to firearm laws.

        • There will always be an unlimited supply of bored, useless youngsters ready join the latest revolution. The pro-terrorist activists are much more divisive than the BLM terrorists/grifters. BLM was very popular for the entire Left. They had corporate support. Prominent Republicans even supported the B_ movement (Haley and Romney come to mind).

          I think having an overt terrorist-supporting wing of the party, that’s also focused on terrorizing Jews in America, will make some Democrats reconsider who they’ll be voting for. It doesn’t even matter how you feel about a conflict on the other side of the planet. This is turning into a conflict right here based on your ethnicity.

      • possum…This isn’t about how you think, it’s about you joining the fight, I do have give credit to jwm for his support.

        TRUMP 2024.

        • “This isn’t about how you think, it’s about you joining the fight.”
          That really sounds Khrushchev’ish to me, but , uh Okay, Roger Wilco

  2. Thanks to Bill Cliton I’ve got all the gunms I need and even enough to supply people that do not if need be.
    Emu nition is my thing, more, more, more, my shiny precious.
    Now this is what I was told be it true or not. The new emu nition and powder is being made with a short shelf life to defeat hoarders. Sounds logical.
    I wonder just how much say so .giv has in that area?
    .
    If I was the President I’d be damned proud of the citizens buying gunms and bullets.
    A free army self supplying themselves with small arms, can’t beat that.
    But No, the President of the United States hates the United States.

  3. NICS # are meaningless BS (under count actual #). In Iowa (and I don’t know how many other FREE states) you can get a 5yr “Permit to Purchase) at the Co Sheriff’s office. They do a one-time background check. EVERY purchase thereafter you present the card to the dealer & fill out a BS ATF4473 (paper unless you’re stupid enough to buy from an online store). No NICS check at purchase = No NICS “phoney data”.

    • I noticed my LGS went away from paper. We chatted about it a bit. He said it was to reduce errors. I can see his point, with Biden and company raiding LGS’s for errors and pulling their license.

    • Well yeah that’s why it’s a happy lower bound number that has a margin of error large enough to arm any European army each year (assuming only appropriate rifles were purchased of course)

    • Pretty sure they eliminated the unconstitutional ‘permit to purchase’. But the now unnecessary carry permit works the same.

    • Dogs should not be used to assist arrest.
      Especially those that were bred by the Not Zee’s to mutilate the undesirable races.
      Next the Taxmans Doberman.
      Lordy masti Flavius, that dog looks as big as a lion.

    • Ive seen one of those muscled up pits myself. Beautiful animal but scary as hell. This one too had a great disposition. From what ive heard they must be bred very carefully

      • My neighbor Jose(real name)has a pregnant pit bull. She “seems” docile. Since I bought my lawnmower from him & he’ll keep it running I didn’t ask if he’s breeding(or if he & his manacita who can’t speak English are “legal”).I always carry pepper gel for dog’s & a gat for miscreants🙄

  4. As an insult to some others who really deserved it and did not try to overthrow the Constitution … Biden Rewards Gun Grabbers With Highest Honor!

  5. The Very Dangerous Arguments Being Made in Support of Assault Weapon Bans (note: basically making up definitions, and imaginary case law that doesn’t exist – or in other words anti-gun lying again).

  6. Gun Controllers QUIETLY Send Backdoor Attempt To Take Veterans Firearms… They Didn’t Like Losing.

  7. Her: Women Aren’t Trained Well Enough to Defend Themselves With Firearms > https://www.shootingnewsweekly.com/2024/05/03/her-women-arent-trained-well-enough-to-defend-themselves-with-firearms/comment-page-1/#comment-2301

    (Setting women’s rights back a few hundred years, female politician basically says … Women can’t have guns ’cause safeties are too complicated and women are not intelligent enough to figure it out and too stupid to defend them selves.)

  8. Something like 100 million Americans think there will be a civil war in the next 5 years.

    • Take a real good look around you. Do you honestly think it’s not already happening? Or are you one of those that waits for an official declaration from Congress?

  9. If this were happening in Israel, Oct7 would have looked very different.

    I am happy to see more people arming themselves. It’s quite pleasing to see everyone refusing to be slaves to the state. If more women would engage their rights we would have less rape and fewer rapists. This would also reduce overall crime, make everyone safer, and lower the amount of pain and suffering we all go through in life.

    We should be mindful of the fact that the criminals are arming up too. Some with industrial fireworks and some that just want to create chaos.

  10. It appears that both of those ladies are packing only thirty-twos rather than thirty-eights or even forty-four Magnums. I could live with that .

  11. Some of them misguided gendor cornfused girls be packin sawed offs. What a waste. Hooter abuse.

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