Last month saw the second most background checks in a single month in almost two decades.
According to statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Shooting Sports Federation, 1,024,272 names were run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, making it the second largest month in the system’s 16-year history.
The NSSF adjusts data from the NICS to more accurately reflect sales trends nationwide, and while the unadjusted number was much higher (1,456,032), September 2014 still saw more checks than any other month save for September 2013.
The NSSF subtracts codes for CCW applications and checks on CCW databases, giving a more accurate picture of firearms sales versus concealed carry permit applications.
More from Wide Open Spaces: