August NICS Background Checks Another New Record

Background checks completed in the FBI’s National Instant Background Check system totaled 2,073,296 in August, a 7.7% increase over 2017. That’s the highest number for August since NICS was established in 1998. For reference, the August 1999 NICS total was 703,394 about one-third of the current total. More and more NICS checks are being used […]

How Long Does NICS Keep Purchase Records?

The NICS has been the subject of much discussion lately thanks to the FixNICS bill, and mostly because the system clearly doesn’t work as well as it should. Lots of gun owners worry that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – or NICS – has records of gun buyers and the firearms they purchased. […]

TTAG Daily Digest: Government Incompetence, Public Health and The FBI Loses Another One

Yes, well we’ve been saying this for years . . . Texas shooting: Gun laws aren’t the problem, government incompetence is It should not matter if these incidences are occurring because of a political correctness stigma around mental health, or just dumb laziness. If federal employees cannot perform the simplest of tasks of enforcing laws already […]

2016 Gun Sales at 27.5 Million, Media Blames Gun-Crazed Minority

Despite economic uncertainty, Americans bought guns at a record pace in 2016. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed some 27.5 million inquiries. Each of those checks typically indicates the purchase of one or more firearms. Since December 1998, the FBI has processed over 253 million NICS queries. This recently released empirical evidence refutes […]

Black Friday 2016 Sets Single-Day NICS Check Record

By now you’ve probably heard that according to the FBI, which is responsible for maintaining and running the National Instant [Criminal Background] Check System (NICS), Black Friday 2016 broke the all-time single-day NICS check record. With 185,713 background checks processed, the previous record — set on Black Friday 2015 — was surpassed by a whopping 368 […]

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