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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.

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.

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