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Why Background Checks Went Up Last Month

Federal background checks hit a new high in May, but gun sales weren’t to credit.

The FBI processed just under 2 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background System last month, the busiest May ever recorded over the last two decades. Estimated gun sales — the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — declined 9 percent, totaling just 841,583 and marking the slowest month recorded since June 2015.

A main culprit behind the boosted data is the NICS’s permit re-check category — a section dedicated to periodic rechecks for maintaining gun licenses required in some states. Applications have more than doubled in that category alone, continuing a six-month trend that first appeared in January.

NICS checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, the periodic rechecks and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.

Dealers processed more than 488,000 applications for handguns and just under 300,000 applications for long guns in May. The numbers reflect a return to historic seasonal norms as gun sales slow in the spring and summer before picking up with the fall hunting season.

Share prices for major gun makers — including Smith & Wesson, Vista Outdoor and Sturm, Ruger and Company — declined less than 2 percent Monday. Monthly NICS data typically provokes a response on Wall Street, however, its unclear if the latest numbers impacted stock prices any.



  • L Cavendish

    I have 3 guns I am waiting to buy because they have not been released in USA yet…
    Avidity PD10…Schmeisser LP-9…IWI TS-12…
    that will be 3 more ticks to the numbers once released/available…


  • Jim

    Hate to tell all you people. But these background checks and licensing was NOT part of the second amendment. It is manipulation of authority period. It is no wonder these corrupt agencies are coming on with a vengeance. We have opened the door for them. The more I read the Holy Scriptures. The more things make sense. I for one am taking a different route. And I am preparing to bow out. You all have a great time registering to be legal for the corrupt politicians and all who serve them.


  • Tim

    They can check all they want to. In America if you wanna gun you can get one & 90% of the time you can get the gun you want. Why is it so hard to understand that when it comes to guns people don’t care how much it’s against the law, they gonna get one regardless


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