March 10, 2009

February Continues Strong Firearm Sales, FBI Says

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite an ever-worsening economy and slumping retail sales, firearm sales increased in February, continuing an upswing that began after November's election.

NICS reported 1,259,078 checks in February, up from 1,021,130 in the same month a year ago.

Data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) show background checks on the sale of firearms jumped 23.3 percent in February when compared to February 2008. The increase follows a 29 percent rise in January, a 24 percent rise in December and a 42 percent jump in November, when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed.

Strong Firearm Sales

The continuing increase in firearm sales coincides with an ATF announcement that firearm retailers may continue to photocopy the Form 4473 -- the federal document required for purchase of a firearm from a licensed retailer -- in its entirety until they receive requested backorders from the Distribution Center.

FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers. These checks serve as a strong indicator of actual sales.

Comments (4)

I'm having a difficult time separating criminals from the government. Aren't they one of the same? You have to give them both the same amount of attention, otherwise, they'll steal you blind. Considering this view of them being one of the same, doesn't this justify their drive to disarm the law abiding citizen.

Posted by: JWallace | March 12, 2009 11:18 PM    Report this comment

AMEN and AMEN TBILL yo hit the nail right on the head or put the round in the bulls eye, and i didn't go and fight for this country just to sit back and do nothing. again Amen

Posted by: bear1 | March 12, 2009 5:12 PM    Report this comment

I remember the advice given by our greatest President (in my opinion) to "Walk softly and carry a big stick". I think this applies in this situation because the majority of true Americans (I don't care what race or ethnic background) fear this administration and it's effect on our freedom and liberty. The Founding Fathers all warned against the situation we now find ourselves in and this is what is driving this boom. When the government and criminals have the same agenda, it is time to take responsibility for your and your loved ones freedom and safety. Freedom and liberty must be kept and defended by the individual, they won't be given or protected by this administration. No matter how they try to package it, disarming the public is the first huge step to tyranny and oppression. Make no mistake about it, this administration has the death of freedom as it's main priority.

Posted by: TBILL | March 12, 2009 4:06 PM    Report this comment

So this is the only industry that is doing well right now and Obama, Pelosi and the crew are going to do their best to pull the plug on it. Scary these are the people running this country.

Posted by: Robert J | March 12, 2009 8:04 AM    Report this comment

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