NICS Gun Check Figures Highest on Record for Any May in History
By Chris Eger
Last month saw the highest number of FBI NICS checks processed in the agency’s history for the month of May, with the firearms industry trade group noting many purchases were of handguns for personal protection. (Photo: Guns.com)
The month of May 2020 was the highest May in terms of federal background checks for gun transfers since the system was established over two decades ago.
The unadjusted figures of 3,066,740 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month is a 32.1 % jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,320,918 in May 2019.
While that increase alone is staggering in scale, when the data was filtered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remove figures for gun permit checks by states which use NICS for that purpose, the number of checks stands at 1,595,790 which is an increase of 75.2 % compared to the May 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 910,910.
When stacked against previous Mays going back to 1999, last month set a record by far. (Graph: NSSF)
“May’s adjusted NICS background check figures are the highest on record for any May since record-keeping began on point-of-sale instant background checks,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s director of public