The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), used to conduct the background checks that are required on nearly every gun purchase despite what many leftists want you to believe, just posted a second record-breaking month in a row. Winter is generally the most robust time for gun sales, and sales typically drop off in the spring. Still, March 2018 saw the most NICS checks for that month ever, with 2,767,699 background checks recorded. April followed suit, beating the April 2016 record by more than 90,000 checks, and coming in at 2,233,213 total. For comparison, the record for most background checks in one month still stands at December 2015 with 3,314,594 checks.
These numbers are not necessarily indicative of gun sales, as these checks are also used for concealed carry (CCW) permits and renewals. Additionally, there are some other factors that impact the NICS check vs. gun sales ratio. Therefore, there is not a one-to-one correlation between the NICS check numbers and actual number of guns sold. The National Shooting Sports Foundation compiles adjusted numbers that subtract out the checks done for CCW permits and renewals. Based on their numbers, checks conducted for CCW permits were higher in March and April than they had been in all of 2017 at least.
Would it be surprising if more people applied for their CCW permit in March of this year, following the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, FL, than had applied in at least a year prior? We have seen both record fundraising levels for the NRA, as well as increased membership numbers since then. People are seeking not only to protect their 2nd Amendment rights, but also to exercise them in self protection.
Buying guns and obtaining a CCW permit are both concrete steps that many people take in order to feel safer when the media attempt to twist the facts to make us feel less safe. In fact, violent crime has been on the decline in the United States, despite some glaring instances of mass murders (not all using guns). As long as the media continue to over-emphasize those few instances without presenting the facts that violent crime is on the decline, and as long as the vocal minority radical leftists continue to call for abridgments if not outright repeal of our 2nd Amendment rights, people will continue to feel the need to take steps to protect themselves and their families. These steps include joining and/or donating to the NRA, buying guns, and obtaining CCW permits. The data shows that this is exactly what has happened since the Parkland shooting, in record numbers.