Posted August 23, 2017 1:30 am by Comments

By Christen Smith

Background checks hit a two-year low in July, but most retailers expected the downturn post-election. (Photo: cctvcorp.com)
Estimated gun sales nosedived 26 percent last month after a busy spring for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Dealers processed just over 1.7 million applications through NICS in July, down more than 450,000 from last year — the biggest on record. It was the system’s slowest month since since April 2015. NICS data serves as the best available proxy for gun sales, though it isn’t a perfect one-for-one comparison.
Retailers point to summer’s historical weakness, coupled with a return to normal sales patterns post-election and the anniversary of high-profile mass shootings, to explain away the numbers.
Guns.com analyzed the top 10 states for handguns and long guns to determine what else has changed over the last year.
Handguns 2017 

Florida: 47,430
Pennsylvania: 37,329
California: 37,027
Texas: 36,913
Ohio: 20,990
Virginia 20,688
Tennessee: 20,279
Illinois: 18,417
Missouri: 16,151
Colorado: 16,063

Handguns 2016

Florida: 57,902
Texas: 50,499
Pennsylvania: 46,843
California: 43,631
Ohio: 27,876
Tennessee: 26,276
Virginia: 24,671
Louisiana: 21,637
Illinois: 21,421
Missouri: 20,791

Long guns 2017

Texas: 27,245
California: 21,721
Florida: 18,941
Virginia: 14,381
Ohio: 14,131
Pennsylvania: 11,694
Tennessee: 11,425
New York: 11,301
Missouri: 11,098
Colorado: 11,065

Long guns 2016

California: 47,594
Texas: 34,266
Florida: 28,000
Ohio: 17,720
Virginia: 16,731
Tennessee: 16,118
Colorado: 15,176
Missouri: 13,575
New York: 13,073
North Carolina: 12,457

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Source: Guns.com

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