April Marks 57 Months of Gun Sales Over 1 Million

April 2024 marked the 57th consecutive month in which more than 1 million firearms purchased in the United States resulted in a National Instant System check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). criminal history (NICS). But the news wasn’t all good. The final figure stands at around 1,216,116 million, around 200,000 fewer than the 1,369,296 reported in April 2023. This represents a drop of 11.2%.

March estimates from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) were also down from last year. Sales cleared through the FBI NICS system that month totaled 1,442,061. Over the same period in 2023, this figure was 1,556,492, reflecting a 7.4% year-over-year decrease. the other.

Maintaining that seven-digit streak still sends a strong message to the White House, according to Mark Olive, NSSF’s managing director of public affairs. “More than 1.2 million Americans showed President Biden exactly where they stand on his promises of increased gun control if he is elected to another term,” he said. he declares. “President Biden has used every tool at his disposal to attack the gun industry, from issuing constitutionally questionable and excessive administrative rules that bypass Congress to create criminal law to militarizing the Bureau of Defense. Industry and Security Department of Commerce to strangle manufacturers and exporters of firearms and ammunition. »

There is also no doubt that any estimate based entirely on NICS volume is low. Twenty-four states have at least one qualified alternative license that, under the Brady Act, allows a valid license holder to purchase a firearm from a federal firearms license holder without undergo redundant NICS screening. NICS checks in these states do not include legal transfers based on eligible licenses, and the NSSF does not adjust for these transfers.

“Americans reject these misdirected, politically motivated moves to undermine their Second Amendment freedoms and punish the industry that enables the right to keep and bear arms,” Oliva added. “By the millions, for 57 straight months, Americans are choosing to legally purchase, keep and use the firearms of their choice.”