In the (almost) six months since Donald Trump took office, the FBI has completed 12,601,102 NICS checks. Comparing that stat monthly . . .
NICS checks for June, 2017 clocked in at 1,901,768. That’s the second highest number of NICS checks for any June on record, just below 2016’s 2,131,485 checks. The third highest June was in 2015 ( at 1,529,057 checks). Both of those years were informed by fears that President Obama would usher in significant gun control measures.
As always, note that there isn’t a one-to-one relationship between NICS checks and firearms sales. The FBI’s background check system is also used for silencer sales, background checks on teachers and other government employees, concealed carry license checks, firearms transfers, and more.
The average NICS-to-new gun sales ratio is a little less than .6 checks per firearm. By that calculation, over 7.5 million firearms were added to the private stock in the first half of 2017. If the economy continues to pick up, 2017 could become a record year for NICS checks.
The firearms industry’s vitality reflects an expanded base of firearms owners, and demand sustained by political concerns.
The number of Americans with concealed/open carry licenses continues to soar. The U.S. is home to over 15 million permit holders. In many states, they account for anywhere from five to 15 percent of voters, including crucial swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Fear of violence from the radical left — as has been on display in bastions of tolerance and harmony like Berkley, Portland, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco — may also be fueling firearm sales/NICS checks by both newbies and established gun owners. This, at the same time that the demonstrators and their left wing #resistance types are reportedly tooling up, too.
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