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Posts Tagged ‘gun sales’

Understanding NSSF-Adjusted NICS and the Underlying Reason Gun Sales Remain Strong


May was a record-breaking month for firearm background checks—the highest number of checks for that typically slower sales month ever processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).



NSSF Infographic: Gun Sales Up, Crime Rates Down


As NSSF’s new infographic shows, violent crime continues its downward trend, even as the firearms market sees more and more growth over the past two decades.



Video: Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise


Gun crime has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years, a trend that a majority of Americans say they are unaware of, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows. When it comes to guns, crime and accidents, perception is not always reality and you, too, may be surprised by some of these statistics. Watch this […]



Supreme Court Decision on “Straw Purchases” Does Not Make Gift Purchases of Firearms Illegal


On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving a Virginia man who could legally purchase a firearm and did so for an uncle from Pennsylvania. Even though the Pennsylvania man who ultimately bought the gun was not legally prohibited from owning a firearm and passed a background check, the Court, in […]



November Record Month for NICS Checks


Powered by the largest single day ever for background checks on Black Friday, November 2012 is now the record holder for the most background checks conducted in a single month. The November 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,525,177 is an increase of 38.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure […]



Black Friday Gun Sales Set Record


A new single-day record for point-of-sale background checks was established on Black Friday, November 23, when 154,873 were conducted by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That total was nearly 20 percent more than the previous high of 129,166 set on Black Friday last year. Since a federal background check is mandatory for every […]



Black Fridays Most Active for Firearm Sales


Post-election reports indicate a rising demand for firearms nationwide. If history holds true, sales on the day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday—will surely hit record territory, based on federal background check activity. (A background check is mandatory prior to the purchase of any firearm at retail. Background-check statistics are indicators of sales activity, though it’s important to […]



Gun Sales Up, Violent Crime Down (Again)


Preliminary crime statistics for 2011 released today by the FBI show a 4 percent decrease in violent crime–a continuation of a long-term downward trend nationwide. The report highlights that all four violent crime categories–murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault–declined in the country’s four major geographical regions and in all city population […]



Crime Rates Continue to Fall as Firearm Sales Soar


As firearms and ammunition experienced record sales in 2009, the nation’s crime rates continued to fall, a new report from the FBI shows. During 2009, violent crime declined for the third straight year, with an estimated 5.3 percent drop from 2008 figures. Homicides were down 7.3 percent. The FBI statistics undermine a favorite argument of […]



A Surge of a Different Sort–Firearm Sales Remain Strong in Weak Economy


Those who have been tracking the sales of firearms recently will not be surprised at the accompanying chart, which shows the leading months for background checks based on the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  All federally licensed firearms retailers must conduct a mandatory NICS check before completing the retail sale of any new […]