Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Four-Year Streak of Monthly Firearm Sales Surpassing 1 Million Hits Milestone in July


The gun community has achieved a noteworthy landmark, with July marking the 48th straight month of a million or more adjusted background checks, the most reliable indicator of retail gun sales. This achievement is significant for several reasons.

Firstly, the NSSF’s adjusted figure is in actuality a conservative estimate. It does not account for transactions involving multiple firearms, nor does it consider sales in states where background checks aren't required for carry permit holders, not to mention private sales.

Secondly, the divide between Gun Nation and the broader nation is becoming increasingly indistinguishable. Recent studies indicate that up to 60% of the population could be gun owners, which suggests America is gradually becoming more and more synomymous with Gun Nation. Despite the ongoing assaults on firearm manufacturers and civilian gun ownership by the current administration, Americans’ desire for firearms and their Second Amendment rights continue to rise. The relentless attempts by deceitful politicians and the media to discourage firearm possession only fuel this desire further.

Mark Oliva from the NSSF has commented on the latest figures, remarking that the sustained run of over 1 million background checks for firearm sales for four consecutive years is no mean feat, and is a testament to the resolute desire of law-abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights. It also demonstrates the resilience of the firearm and ammunition industry to fulfill this enduring demand, despite the ceaseless attempts by the Biden administration to obstruct legal firearm ownership.

"This is a remarkable milestone of four continuous years of over 1 million background checks for the sale of a firearm. That’s no small achievement and is indicative of the strong and sustained appetite for law-abiding Americans to take ownership of their Second Amendment rights.

It also shows the resilience of the firearm and ammunition industry to meet this continued demand for high-quality firearms that today’s gun owner expects. This milestone was achieved in the midst of the continuous attacks by the Biden administration which has demonstrated nothing but contempt for the Second Amendment and has twisted the levers of government to impede the ability of law-abiding citizens to legally possess firearms of their choosing.

Americans are sending a clear signal each and every month. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not up for negotiation."

The NSSF press release announcing the July figures reveals that the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure for July 2023 was 1,023,903, a 17.0% decrease from July 2022. However, it is important to note that this figure marks the 48th consecutive month, or 4 years, that exceeded 1 million adjusted background checks in a single month. 

"The July 2023 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,023,903 is a decrease of 17.0 percent compared to the July 2022 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,233,115.

For comparison, the unadjusted July 2023 FBI NICS figure 1,987,650 reflects a 15.7 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,358,150 in July 2022.

July 2023 marks the 48th month in a row, 4 years, that has exceeded 1 million adjusted background checks in a single month.

Please note: Twenty-four 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.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.

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. 

It should be noted that these statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold or sales dollars. Based on varying state laws, local market conditions and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale."

Although these statistics provide a snapshot of the current market conditions, it's crucial to note they only represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. A direct correlation between a firearm background check and a firearm sale cannot be made due to differing state laws, local market conditions, and purchase scenarios.

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