Skip to comments.Trump Era NICS Checks for October, 2018 remain high, over Two Million
Posted on 11/14/2018 5:15:34 AM PST by marktwain
The number of National Instant background Check System (NICS) background checks for October of 2018 is slightly more than the number from 2017. In October of 2017, there were 2,030,391 NICS checks. In October of 2018, there were 2,086,895 background checks.
This does not mean more firearm sales for October of 2018 compared to October of 2017, because the character of NICS checks has been changing.
The number of NICS checks for carry permits and carry permit rechecks are now almost as numerous as the checks for firearms and any other purposes.
The permit and permit rechecks for October of 2018 numbered 1,028,214. That is only 30,000 less than all other checks combined. Most of those checks and rechecks come from two states, Illinois and Kentucky.
In 2017, the number of permit checks and rechecks done in October were 884,919. The permit checks and rechecks increased by 143,295 in October of 2018, with checks for firearm sales and all others decreased by 8.2%.
This does not necessarily mean that firearm sales dropped that much. An increase in permits likely increases sales where NICS checks are not required (25 states do not require an additional NICS check once the permit holder has had a NICS check for the permit). Because the permit checks and rechecks are concentrated in Illinois and Kentucky, it is unlikely that sales to permit holders account for more than a small fraction of the reduction in non-permit NICS
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Sales will likely have somewhat of a jump as the Democrats introduce gun control in the House. Spend tens of millions promoting gun control, and it has an effect.
Yes, I think the election results will spark another uptick in sales. Get ‘em while you still can.
I’m scraping and scrounging for the purchase of just one more (...maybe two more if I decide the wife needs one whether she likes it or not). Then, I think I’m done.
I suspect you are correct. Democrats sell a lot of guns.
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