April Sets Gun Sales Record

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by LeansVeryRight2016, May 8, 2018.

  1. April Sets Gun Sales Record

    Second month in a row with gun sales record as push for new gun control continues

    April 2018 saw the most gun-related checks run through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's background check system.

    The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran 2,233,213 checks in April, according to an FBI document. That's nearly 90,000 more checks than the previous April record set in 2016. It also represents the second month in a row to set a record with March seeing 2,767,699 checks.
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    "These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS," the FBI wrote in its report. "They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale."

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry's trade group, said its analysis of the numbers found that checks related to gun-carry permits may have driven the record NICS numbers more than gun-sales checks.

    The record number of NICS checks came as the push for new gun control remained in the public eye, and some states enacted new laws. Vermont's Republican governor Phil Scott flip flopped and signed a new gun-control package that outlawed magazines of varying sizes and gun ownership for any adult under 21-years-old in April. The town of Deerfield, Ill., also announced its own ban on certain rifles in April. Both measures are now being challenged in court.
     
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  2. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene Distinguished Poster

    I think the only conclusion we can draw from the NICS numbers is that interest in firearm related stuff - permits & purchases, primarily - has not waned and has at least remained steady for the last several years. Anything beyond that is just guessing.

    Monthly stats are meaningless, except in the context of long term trends (years). They're just wiggles on the time series graph.
     

  3. True.

    I like the 'disclaimer' that seems to be new to the press release:

    "These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS," the FBI wrote in its report. "They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale."
     
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