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Shop Early: Guns by the Numbers

October’s figures are in, and the record-setting pace continued in National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) volume. Each check does not necessarily constitute the sale of a gun, but it’s the most accurate reflection we have and a warning to gun owners that those special firearms will be in short supply once the shopping season kicks off later this month.

How Many is 3 Million? December NICS Checks, to Start

More than 3 million NICS checks conducted in December helped elevate 2015 to an all-new gun sales record. Those numbers are lofty, so to put things in perspective for your watercooler conversations today, here are some other things that amount to roughly 3 million.

Fear & Loading: Firearm Laws Broken in Making Couric’s Documentary

Katie Couric’s apology over misleading edits in her “Under The Gun” video may or may not be sincere, but an interview on YouTube.com highlights an extreme, and illegal, method producers pursued in making the piece.

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.

Fear & Loading: 2018 Gun Purchases Down 6.1 Percent

The FBI posted December’s NICS figures on Tuesday—delayed due to the partial Federal shutdown—and Reuters is reporting gun sales nationwide for 2018 were down 6.1 percent from 2017.

Fear & Loading: Alabama CCW Holders Impacted by BATFE Decision

FFL holders conducting business in Alabama who are in possession of a valid state-issued concealed carry permit must now undergo a NICS background check.

January 2020 Gun Sales Set New Record

The January 2020 NICS background-check numbers are in, and based on the estimates, it appears that the record high from January 2016 has been surpassed.

BATFE Releases New Form 4473

The new BATFE Form 4473 includes a number of notable changes and will be required for use starting in November 2020.

Gun Sales Up 80 Percent in May 2020

Gun sales increased 80 percent over 2019 numbers, and 40 percent of buyers are first-time gun owners, according to surveys.

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