Much to the mainstream media’s chagrin, the FBI’s report on the number of NICS checks conducted on gun sales in April contradicts their claim that the firearms industry is experiencing a “Trump slump” in 2017.
An impressive 2,045,564 background checks were conducted last month, extending 2017’s increase in gun sales nationally. In fact, the report shows April 2017 held the second biggest number of FBI background checks for the month ever.
Following the release of the FBI’s report, the NSSF released the following:
The April 2017 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is an increase of 0.04 percent compared to the April 2016 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,111,205. For comparison, the unadjusted April 2017 FBI NICS figure of 2,037,180 reflects a 4.6 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,135,909 in April 2016.
According to the FBI report, April numbers were higher by only 100,000 in 2016 leading up to the presidential election in November, squashing the media’s assertion that gun sales have slowed since voters rejected anti-gun candidate Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House.
“As we noted previously, sales are come off the peak of 2016 which was a record year for sales but the valley floor is higher,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “There are more gun owners today – many of them first time buyers – than ever before. While the number guns in the hands of law abiding Americans has never been higher we continue to see crime and accidents are at record lows.”
Gun sales may be staying strong in part due to an increase in constitutional carry laws passing, in increase in concealed carry permit applications, and the steady influx in women and African-Americans embracing their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.