A continuation of a “new norm” in gun sales below last year’s totals is reflected in November’s NICS figures.
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.
At least one major gun company reports its sales figures indicate the widely reported increase may be indicative of transfers of used, not new, firearms
The increase comes on the heels of modest gains posted in July, June and May, although it’s still too early to predict whether this year’s total will beat 2018’s numbers.