March 2019 NICS Background Checks Second Highest on Record

AmmoLand.com | 4/12/2019 | Dean Weingarten
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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In a dramatic reversal of numbers, the March 2019 National Instand background Check System (NICS) check numbers are the second highest March on record, only a few percent less than the record breaking numbers in March of 2018. February numbers had shown a dramatic downturn for NICS checks.

The Trump era NICS continue to be at historically high levels, but lower than during the rush to buy guns during the last two years of the Obama administration. These numbers do not translate directly into gun sales. A large part of the numbers are from NICS checks done for carry permits and carry permit rechecks.

March - Number - NICS - Checks - Permit

In March of 2018, the total number of NICS checks were 2,767,699. Of those, 1,249,917 were permit and permit rechecks, leaving 1,517,782 checks for other purposes, mostly gun sales.

March of 2018, the total number of NICS checks were 2,767,699.

March - Number - NICS - Checks - Permit

In March of 2019, the total number of NICS checks were 2,644,851. Of those 1,287,813 were permit and permit rechecks, leaving 1,357,038 for other purposes.

Other than for permits and permit rechecks, 2019 was 90% of 2018 numbers.

Interest - Number - Permit - Checks - Permit

It is of interest that the number of permit checks has dropped while the permit rechecks have risen. In 2018, the permit checks were 1,047,107. In 2019, 860,891, dropping by 186 thousand. Permit rechecks, however, increased from 202,807 to 426,922, an increase of 224 thousand.

It is to be expected as more and more carry permits are issued, permit rechecks will eventually catch up to permit numbers, and eventually exceed them.

Democrat - Takeover - House - Introduction - Passage

It is likely that the Democrat takeover of the House, and the introduction and passage of several bills to restrict firearms sales and to ban classes of firearms, that there would be a bump up in sales in March. I predicted as much last month.

With permits and permit rechecks, and with the increasing...
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