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.
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.
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.
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.
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.