July 2017 NICS Continue on Path to Second
Highest Year Ever for Gun Sales

By Dean Weingarten. September 13th, 2017
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The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks has had seven months of high sales. The record for NICS checks was set in 2017, with over 27 million NICS checks for the year.

The National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks were 1,742,546 in July of 2017. There were 14,346,648 checks since January 1, more checks than all of 2010. In 2016 the number was 16,026,660 at the end of July. Through July, 2015, they were 12,067,075. The July figure is 79% of the 2016 NICS checks and 108.8% of the 2015 NICS checks.

The NSSF has figured out how to remove checks done for permits and renewals. That gives a much better estimation of the number of new guns sold. Recent calculations by the NSSF show there are about .53 guns sold for each NICS check. That would amount to about another million guns in private hands in July of 2017, and 7.7 million more privately owned guns since the beginning of the year. About 14.7 million were added to the stock in 2016.

The NICS checks for June, 2017 were 1,901,768. .......

Despite reports that periodically have tried to suggest gun sales were markedly down, it appears to be far from the case. This is good not only for the manufacturers but also for gun ownership in general. It also seems encouragingly that the uptake in carry continues to be seen - Pennsylvania now has about 7% for example which equates to approximately 840,000 of the 12M state population.

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