June 22, 2009

Background checks for firearms continued strong in May

Background checks for firearms continued strong in May, but at a slower pace than previous months, according to data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The system shows background checks on the sale of firearms rose 16% in May when compared to May 2008. In May 2009, 1.0 million background checks were performed; in May 2008, 886,000. The increase follows a 30% rise in April and a 29% rise in March.

The unprecedented rise began in October and reached a record 1,529,635 requests for background checks in November, a 42% jump over the previous November.

Background Checks for Firearms

Year-to-date 2009 background checks number 6.07 million, up 26% from 4.83 million year-to-date 2008.

FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers and are considered a strong indicator of actual sales by industry experts.

Comments (2)

I noticed most people were just browsing the display cases when I was in North Dakota a couple of weeks ago. I think it was due to the well known outdoor sports store pricing their firearms $100.00 - $150.00 over median price.

Posted by: JWallace | June 28, 2009 10:17 PM    Report this comment

Seems most people have gotten what they want, but some are still buying and if the senator from NJ gets his way they will climb again big time before it can go through, the big problem right now is ammo, it sure is getting hard to find and the price is way up there.

Posted by: bear1 | June 25, 2009 6:53 PM    Report this comment

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