FBI have released the statistics from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
There’s a lot of data to look at and a lot of interesting conclusions (or at least discussion points) people can draw.
There’s already been a lot of conclusions drawn in the media that the record sale is due to various politicians and a certain election for a new President, plus the threat of War and Terror and the wish for self defense – but who know for sure?
First, let’s get this quite important notice quoted before you start crunching the numbers:
Notice: “These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS They do not represent the number of firearms sold. 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.”
Since then the checks have continued to grow, and the 2008 figure more than doubled to 27,5 million in 2016.
However, from 2000 to 2008 (the 8 year period before Obama) the figures grew by 1.5 times, not too far off doubling actually. I think this fact is disregarded, there’s been a continuous and accelerating growth with some irregular ups and downs.
Regardless of who is the President we seem to find a reason to buy another firearm, and the options and variety must be so much greater now than back in 2000. Plus, I’m sure most people are better off and prices may have gone down, making it easier for people to afford more guns.
The Financial crisis of 2007–2008, can you find any evidence of it in the NICS figures? The figures kept increasing.
253 million checks in 18 years gives us an average of 14 million checks. Both 2009 and 2010 hit that average.
More numbers below. Let us know if you find something interesting in the comments section below.
NICS Firearm Background Checks – Year by State/Type.
Here you can check all the way from 1998 up to the end of 2016.