The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached over 1.3 million checks this November.
The data from the system indicates a 1.7 percent increase in checks this November compared to last year. This month yielded 1,329,688 background checks making this November the second highest month in the 16-year-old system’s history.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) provides adjusted figures based on federal and state input into integrated systems. The numbers do not necessarily correlate to firearms sales but the adjusted NICS background checks data does present a picture of current market conditions.
NICS is used to conduct background checks on purchases of new and used handguns and long guns, as well as certain transfers of firearms.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Members include manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.
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The NSSF offers research reports for sale on its website that include Hunting and Target Shooting Participation, Firearms-related Injury Statistics, A Profile of Today’s Hunter and other shooting-related data.
Hunting license sales were stable or up in most states except Wisconsin, where deer hunting license sales were notably down this year.
Of the highest 10 days of NICS checks recorded, dates in November and December account for 7 out of the 10 with Dec. 21, 2012 and Nov. 28, 2014 coming in 1st and 2nd, respectively.