While gun control advocates in Congress claim firearm ownership is declining, data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System clearly shows otherwise. During George W. Bush’s Administration, the average annual number of background checks was 12.7 million.
That number has nearly doubled throughout the Obama Administration, reaching 23 million on average. Even more shocking is the increase in the last year alone.
According to a recent NRA article:
“For the first six months of 2016, checks are up 32 percent over the same period in 2015. If the present rate of checks holds through December, there will be over 32 million checks conducted this year, more than double the number conducted during President Obama’s first year in office. There have been 26.5 million checks during the last 12 months, more than in any 12-month period previously.”