Update: USA Buys Enough Guns in 3 Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Army

Update: USA Buys Enough Guns in 3 Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Army
This time with hot links to data sources.

Federal NIC Instacheck Data
Federal NIC Instacheck Data



Washinton, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- It seem that readers of our recent post about honest Americans buying enough guns to outfit the current active army’s of China and India have been having trouble finding the hard data and facts to substantiate this article.

Here is the link to the NICS: The National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

As reported earlier each of the last few months has been a record for firearm purchases or sales in the USA with a record 1,529,635 background checks being performed in March of 2009. Firearm Sales Continue to Climb in March 2009

Chinese and Indian Standing Army Numbers:


NSSF, founded in 1961, is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition and recreational shooting sports industry. It promotes the safe ownership and responsible use of products its members make and sell. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is all about saving lives and protecting people from harm—by not letting guns and explosives fall into the wrong hands. It also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers.

Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998, NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase. More than 100 million such checks have been made in the last decade, leading to more than 700,000 denials.

NICS is located at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. It provides full service to FFLs in 30 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Upon completion of the required Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473, FFLs contact the NICS Section via a toll-free telephone number or electronically on the Internet through the NICS E-Check System to request a background check with the descriptive information provided on the ATF Form 4473. NICS is customarily available 17 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays (except for Christmas). See below for more facts and forms.

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Allan Cronshaw

Your numbers seem to be inaccurate because you can't count the number of guns purchased by Concealed Carry Permit holders in open carry states such as North Carolina. When I purchase a gun, no call is made for a background check. I have bought a number of guns since the election, and no background check was ever required.


Cronshaw…So your point is it is actual higher?


Interesting… Not very accurate! I have looked into this and I have found that the correlation to the number of ncic checks and the number of gun sales are inconsistent, and the idea that each check counts for AT LEAST ONE gun sale, is an inaccurate method of estimating the number of guns actually SOLD! Because the number of denials, vs. number of guns purchases PER CHECK vary and are not included in the final numbers. A more accurate estimation would be achieved by looking at the number of guns sold by manufacturers which would tell us how many NEW… Read more »


It's also important to note that a single NICS check does NOT correlate to the number of weapons sold. Quite often, people will put multiple weapons (purchased at the same time, such as 3 AR15 lower receivers) on the same 4473 form and have a single NICS check completed.

NICS is per "purchase," not per "firearm." Indeed, the number of weapons sold is likely significantly higher than your data suggests.


If all are approved then that is correct, also it doesn't account for multiple purchases by one owner.