Black Friday Gun Purchases Spike According to Background Check Stats

Black Friday is always a red-letter day for retailers of virtually every type. So much so that the purchasing event has spawned Cyber Monday, and this has stretched into multi-day sales beginning the week prior, and often running past Cyber Monday as well. The firearms industry is no exception to this phenomenon. According to a November 28th press release from NSSF, the Firearm Industry Trade Association, this year’s instance saw over 5000 more NICS background checks for gun purchases than last year.

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Nearly 700,000 Background Checks Run During Black Friday 'Week'

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade association, has revealed FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data indicating that NICS processed 687,788 background checks during the week leading up to and including Black Friday. FBI’s NICS recorded 187,585 on Black Friday alone, ranking it among the Top 10 Highest Days for NICS checks.

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SIG SAUER and NSSF Gear Up for National Shooting Sports Month

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, or NSSF, is the firearm industry’s principal trade association in the US. Founded in 1961, the organization exists to help promote, protect, and advocate for shooting sports, as well as the various companies and other groups under this umbrella. The NSSF is responsible for some of the industry’s key initiatives, including the  SHOT Show. One such initiative is America’s official National Shooting Sports Month, as which August is designated. For National Shooting Sports Month this year, NSSF is teaming up with some firearms manufacturers to promote their +ONE campaign, as they’ve done in prior years as well. This movement is intended to encourage established shooters to bring neophytes into the fold by introducing recreational shooting to at least one new person in 2021. SIG SAUER is one of the companies that has committed to one of these “Let’s Go Shooting” movement partnerships.

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S&W Donates $500,000 to NSSF after SHOT Show 2021 Cancellation

After the crushing news that the NSSF ( National Shooting Sports Foundation) had cancelled SHOT Show 2021 ( Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show), Smith & Wesson decided to step up in a big way by donating $500,000 to their organization. While SHOT Show is obviously a huge event for the NSSF, they are still working year-round to support firearm efforts on behalf of gun owners. Smith & Wesson understands this as well and that is what motivated their end-of-the-year generosity. They elaborate on the donation in the press release statement below:

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Mossberg Donates $75,000 to NSSF After SHOT Show Cancellation

By now I guess everyone knows that SHOT Show 2021 has been cancelled, and we can now only look forward to 2022 for the next possibility. The  NSSF statement on the cancellation can be found here. Of course, no show means a lot less money for NSSF. Mossberg has now have announced that they will support NSSF with a donation of $75,000.

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NSSF: About 20 Million Modern Sporting Rifles (AR-15s) In Circulation

Relax, 2020 isn’t all doom and gloom. The NSSF has just announced that nearly 20 million Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) are in circulation in the United States. The term MSR refers to AR-15 style guns that commonly get mislabeled as assault rifles by the media and politicians. This data along with the ATF Firearms Commerce in the United States showing over 430M firearms in the hands of the citizenry seems to state that Americans enjoy the individual liberties that allow them to buy, own and use guns. On top of that, the violent crime rate continues to fall to record low levels.

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Thanks A Lot CORONA: 2021 SHOT Show Cancelled

We were all hoping this headline wouldn’t come, but as of the morning of Friday, October 30th, it’s official. the 2021 SHOT Show is Cancelled according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, after previous indications that the event would go on with some modifications such as more exits and entrances, masks, and social distancing. Unfortunately, many in the industry suspected that the writing was on the wall for this cancellation. The massive and ever-growing list of dropped events that have plagued 2020 had already begun extending into next year. The full text of the NSSF’s announcement is posted below.

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NSSF: 2020's First-Time Gun Owner Count Nearing 5 Million

By now we’re all painfully aware of it: nearly all makes and models of firearms and ammo are being sold at utterly blistering rates. In-stock inventory has become harder to find than TFB TV’s James Reeves sober at a wedding. TFB reported on this trend several months ago, and it has done nothing but continue to climb over the summer months.

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NSSF Resource: Using Social Media Effectively In Times Of Crisis

As much as I would like to relocate all social media to the burning dumpster fire part of the internet and close the door, for businesses it can be their main channel of communication with potential customers. Unwelcome guests that we are, our gun-loving thoughts, ideas and passions need to be on mainstream social media channels if we want to reach potential enthusiasts and remind the rest of the world that guns are tools; we are not. For a more succinct explanation, check out our interview with Chuck Rossi at Open Source Defense.

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May 2020 Destroys NICS Records of Any Year since Program Introduction
It seems that 2020 is heating up in the gun world as last month we just witnessed the highest number of NICS checks in the FBI's history for the month of May. 2020 has thus far been a big year. However, May 2020 in particular seems to have seen its biggest month ever since the establishment of the system 20 years ago.
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Firearm Background Checks Remain High As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

Federal Background checks, which are required for every firearm purchase from a licensed dealer, are a good way for us to determine just how busy the consumer gun industry is. Several months into COVID-19 the number of performed background checks remains high as people continue to buy up firearms.

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Firearms Accidents Have Reached an All-Time Low

The NSSF just announced on their website that unintentional firearms fatalities have reached their lowest point ever since record-keeping began in 1903. According to the latest available data derived from the National Safety Council which just released its Injury Facts Report 2018 firearms accidents – specifically unintentional firearms deaths, accounted for less than 1% of unintentional fatalities from all principal causes.

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NSSF Releases Firearms Production Figures

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s leading trade association, have released a ‘state of the union’ report outlining the very latest firearms production, purchase and ownership figures. The NSSF report includes some pretty interesting stats including that 17,740,000 Modern Sporting Rifles are in private ownership today. Earlier this year the NSSF posted their estimates for 2018 gun sales.

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#LetsGoShooting – August is National Shooting Sports Month by the NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) is celebrating their 3rd Annual declaration of August being the National Shooting Sports Month. The mission of the NSSF with August being the National Shooting Sports Month is to create… a time for the community of firearms owners to celebrate and enjoy the shooting sports with friends, family and newcomers they want to introduce to these lifetime activities.
Back in 2017, the NSSF established August as the National Shooting Sports Month which was met with widespread approval! This national celebration of target shooting sports attracted thousands of participants to local shooting ranges. Ranges and firearms retailers listed thousands of special events and other segments of the firearms industry supported National Shooting Sports Month as sponsors, partners and through donations of sweepstakes prizes.

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Project Childsafe Celebrates 20 YEARS Leading Firearms Safety Programs

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) does a lot of advocacy and good works within the firearms community, that is no doubt. One of their premier initiatives has been Project Childsafe. For 20 years now that program has increased awareness of safe firearms handling and storage practices among millions of gun owners, helped reduce accidental firearms deaths to historic lows and become an indispensable firearms safety education resource for partners in every state and the U.S. territories.

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