In the Trump era of the National Instant background Check System (NICS), the number of NICS checks has remained high while the number of gun sales has trended downward. This has been called the "Trump Slump" in the firearms industry. In February of 2019, the Trump Slump dropped a bit more.
In February of 2019, the total NICS checks were 2,053,886. That is the lowest total NICS in February since 2015, when they were 1,859,584. It is a twelve percent drop from the total NICS of 2018, which were 2,333,193.
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NICS checks contain many more checks than just those for purchasing firearms. Many of them are for firearm permits and permit rechecks.
The permit and permit rechecks for February, 2019 were 919,580. The permit and permit rechecks for February 2018 were 1,021,431. Taking the permit and permit rechecks from the total NICS for February of 2019 gives us a figure of 1,134,306. The comparable figure for February of 2018, is 1,311,762. That is a drop of 14% from the non-permits figure for 2018, and a drop of 10% for permit and permit rechecks in NICS.
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With both checks for firearm sales and checks for permits and permits rechecks decreasing, the prospect for gun retailers, gun manufacturers, and ammunition retailers and manufacturers might appear disheartening.
But anti-Second Amendment politicians have come to the rescue, with a number of infringements put on the legislative burner. On February 27th, the House passed the most significant gun control measure in two decades, according to anti-Second Amendment advocates.
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With the House passing infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, gun sales are likely to increase in March of 2019. March tends to be...
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