America's interest this year in shotguns is on the rise, market analytics show, including purchase trends shifting from tactical to field-grade guns.
More than a million firearm sales in September resulted in the FBI conducting a National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) check. Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) puts the 30-day period’s total sales at roughly 1.3 million, making it the 38th month in a row with seven-digit figures.
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.
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.