Gun bug: 33 months of 1 million-plus gun sales

Gun bug: 33 months of 1 million-plus gun sales

Sales of firearms have fallen from their recent highs but are continuing in a nearly three-year-long string of 1.25 million sales a month. A new analysis of FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System data indicates that gun sale background checks have crossed the 1.25 million threshold for 33 straight months, sustaining the highest-ever era of gun purchases. And, according to industry officials, 1.25 million may be the bottom in a “new normal” for presale background checks, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “April’s NSSF adjusted NICS figures of 1,359,908 shows that there is a steady and sustained appetite for lawful firearm ownership in America. April’s figure continues the streak of more than 1 million background checks for the sale of a firearm for 33 months and demonstrates that the firearm industry continues to meet America’s strong demand for lawful firearm ownership,” said Mark Oliva, the spokesman for the industry representative and research center. FBI gun background check data shows a new and sustained normal in sales. “It is clear that those looking for the ‘new normal’ of firearm sales following the two outsized years of 2020 and 2021 can find all the evidence needed to know that law-abiding citizens are turning out by the millions each month to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” he added. Those two years saw the highest-ever number of FBI background checks for gun sales due to violent Black Lives Matter protests, surging crime, and the presidential election. During that period, gun sales […]

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