Fear & Loading: Buyer’s Market?
The doom-and-gloom forecasts—based on the 19 straight, record-setting months of NICS background checks ending in December—claim the firearm boom has ended, but moves made by the industry and comments from experts signal something different.
FBI Committed to Keeping NICS Running
Amidst record-breaking numbers of background checks, the FBI told American Rifleman that it would remain committed to keeping its NICS section running.
Gun Sales Decrease, Ammunition Reappearing In Stores
With the fall of overall firearm sales in May of 2021 as compared to a year prior, as reflected off FBI NICS check numbers, popular caliber of ammunition are new starting to reappear at distributors.
687K NICS Checks On Black Friday Week
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed some 687,788 background checks during the week leading up to and including Black Friday.
January NICS Numbers Highlight Possible 'New Normal'
Gun sales continue to decline in 2022 compared to the sales experienced a year ago at the same time, but is still expected to remain above 2019 sales figures in what is being called the "new normal."
Survey Indicates Millions Of New Gun Owners, Changing Demographics
Based off of data from the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that there were 14 million new firearm owners who made their first purchase over the past two years.
Gun Sales Surge In Eastern Europe
Even before Russia’s unprovoked Feb. 24 attack on Ukraine, the Australian Financial Review reported gun stores in the nation were out of stock or close to being so.
March 2022 Gun Sales Increase Over February
The FBI processed 3,081,724 NICS background checks in March—up more than 1/2 million from February.
2022 Gun Sales Numbers Near Pre-Pandemic High
According to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, 2022 is edging closer by the day to eclipsing all pre-pandemic annual gun sales totals, and this month, enthusiasts in Oregon are piling the numbers up.
North Carolina Handgun Sales Skyrocket
Handgun sales in North Carolina saw a dramatic increase this year, nearly 3,000 percent, which came on the heels of North Carolina’s legislature overriding the governor’s veto—a measure that removed the requirement for residents to procure a permit from their local sheriff in order to purchase a handgun.