NICS Gun Data Sales up 137% Last Month, Highest June in History
By Chris Eger
Background check data suggests Americans are more fond of their right to keep and bear arms than ever. (Photo: Guns.com)
Continuing to set new monthly records, last month was the highest June in terms of federal background checks for gun transfers since the system was established.
The unadjusted figures of 3,909,502 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month is a 70.6 percent jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,291,066 in June 2019.
To put that into more relatable terms, 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 2,177,586 which is a 135.7 percent increase compared to the June 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 924,054, making it the highest June on record since the FBI began the checks as part of the Brady bill more than two decades ago and continuing the trend seen all Spring.
“Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s Public Affairs Director, told Guns.com. “Americans are right to be concerned