January 2, 2013

FBI Reports Record Gun Sales Last Month — Up 1 Million over December 2011

(GunReports.com) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that it had conducted a record number of instant background checks on those wishing to buy firearms in December.

The FBI performed just under 2.8 million checks in the month, more than a million higher than in December of 2011. For the full year, there were 19.6 million, almost 20% more than in 2011 and an all-time record.

While the number of checks is a good indicator of Americans' appetite for gun ownership, it is not precise, because "based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale," the FBI noted.

In December, 2,783,765 total background checks were carried out to purchase firearms, surpassing the previous record from November 2012 when 2,006,919 checks were performed.

For the year, 19,592,303 background checks carried out for firearm purchases–a 19% rise from 2011.

Comments (8)

Ther are a lot of us who saw the hand writting on the wall long ago. Before urges were made to be prepared for what may happen. Those who wish to start getting prepared will pay a higher price for that piece of mind. My hopes are that they aren't discouraged and fulfill the idea of becoming prepared at any cost.

Posted by: dogshawred | January 10, 2013 10:48 AM    Report this comment

'Just got home from one of our local gun shows, and the jump in prices of ARs, AKs, and lots of other pieces is quite astounding. I am exceedingly glad that I bought what I did in the numbers that I did when I bought them..... Same story with ammo.....

Posted by: canovack | January 5, 2013 3:48 PM    Report this comment

This is always good news, with each new gun owner the critcal mass of Second Amendment supporters grows larger. That 19.5 million figure significantly understaes the actual number of gun purchases because in some states, including mine, a background check is not required if you have a concealed carry permit.

Posted by: Dulrug | January 5, 2013 12:25 PM    Report this comment

Yes.....It does seem that Feinstein has done great things for the firearms industry sales volume. Like most who post here, I have continued to add to my collection as the frequency of gun shows and finances permit. While it does get a bit redundant acquiring more pieces, my rationale for such is simply that even if the very worst was to occur, and the storm troopers did come calling, they'd never find them all.

Posted by: canovack | January 3, 2013 11:45 AM    Report this comment

Best Economic Growth program ever devised by the Politicians. They convinced lots of fence sitters to acquire or add to their gun collections. Every tactical gun manufacturer I know of is backordered and working at capacity. Many are so backlogged they stopped taking new orders. Need to make a poster for 'Gun Salesman of the Century' with Dianne Feinsteins picture on it.

Posted by: rpmcduff | January 3, 2013 10:33 AM    Report this comment

...but if you had 10 or 12 of those you could convert them into a nice Kimber 1911!

Posted by: CT dave | January 3, 2013 10:30 AM    Report this comment

Just think, That $15 Clerke pistol is now worth at least a $100 now!! Of course you really don't want to fire it yourself but.....

Posted by: rcgburns | January 3, 2013 10:16 AM    Report this comment

This is over 33 million gun checks a year at this rate. Of course, 'checks' don't equal sales, and sales numbers aren't tracked by the feds yet. But still, it's a lot of guns presumably sold. And with the anti-gun agenda in full parade dress in Washington again, I think it's likely to continue.

Obama used to be one of the best gun salesmen on the planet, but I think Senator Feinstein is going to sell even more of them for us. I mean, there's still a half dozen or more that I'd like to have, and she makes me wish I could buy them all tomorrow. With lots of ammunition for each too. Dianne, you da bomb! You go, girlfriend. You're selling guns like hotcakes!

You probably know - Prohibition made for booze everywhere, gang murders, whiskey millionaires like Joe Kennedy, and it all ended with the end of Prohibition. The War on Drugs has had the same kind of effects so far, only nobody will end that loser program. So just imagine what the future will be like if Feinstein gets her anti-gun law passed.

Posted by: CT dave | January 3, 2013 9:54 AM    Report this comment

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