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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.

The Rifleman Report: NRA Mentor

With record firearm sales in 2020 and 2021, new gun owners are on the rise, and your NRA’s American Rifleman is here to help. Read on:

2020 Firearm Sales Hit All-Time High

Multiple sales records were set during 2020, which saw more guns sold than any other year on record.

June Gun Sales Set All-Time Record

The NICS Background Check system totaled nearly four million recorded checks in June 2020, more than any other month since recording began.

March NICS Numbers Highlight Record Firearm Sales

According to adjusted NICS background-check numbers for March 2020, firearm sales reached an all-time high last month.

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.

Americans Bought 13.9 Million Firearms in 2019

Adjusting for permit applications and other administrative uses, NICS background checks reflect an estimated 13.9 million guns sold in the U.S. through 2019.

Fear & Loading: More to November Sales Figures than Black Friday

If the FBI conducts 2.2 million this month, 2019 will claim the title for the most conducted in a single year—despite the fact the annual firearm sales record set in 2016 (adjusted to roughly 15.7 million) is not in jeopardy.

Fear & Loading: Another Double-Digit Jump in Gun Sales

Fresh off August’s gun-sales increase of nearly 16 percent, September’s NICS figures indicate purchases last month were up more than 10 percent when compared to the same reporting period last year.

Fear & Loading: Gun Sales—Up Nearly 16 Points in August

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.

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