Another 1,225,980+ Guns Bought by Law-Abiding Americans

Another 1,225,980+ Guns Bought by Law-abiding Americans in April 2009
Americans Are Clinging To Their Guns At A Record Pace.

NICS Gun Purchase Back Ground Checks April 2009
NICS Gun Purchase Back Ground Checks April 2009
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The upward trend in firearms sales continued in April, marking the sixth consecutive month of significant increases.

Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,225,980 checks in April 2009. This figure is a 30.3 percent increase from the 940,961 reported in April 2008.

FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing either new or used firearms from federally licensed retailers. The checks serve as a gauge of actual sales but do not reflect the actual number of firearms sold, since, following a background check, a customer may decide not to purchase a firearm or may purchase more than one firearm.

The April increase follows a 29.2 percent gain in March and rises of 23 percent in February, 28 percent in January, 24 percent in December and 42 percent in November when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed.

The increase in NICS checks coincides with a rise in excise taxes reported by firearms manufacturers, another indicator of firearm sales.

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

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The Great Circumlocu

True. The crisis that will unveil the camps will be generated and mostly for the same morons stupid enough to get on the buses from New Orleans who still live in high school gymnasiums in Iowa. Word to the wise.


Yep. It sure looks like the American people are going "hunting" all right. Soon…


The people know when a government is evil. Prepare to throw them out.


"Communists hate Socialists, by the way, try to keep your facts straight. …"

A distinction with no difference.

Get YOUR facts straight.

Sam Adams

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government" – Sam Adams

Jon Ament

The stat's may be a bit distorted. How many were purchased by Law Enforcement, governmental agents, Military personnel, etc? Are these data included in here also???? By the by: Ronald Reagan, while governor of California also eliminated our ability to carry loaded, exposed handguns. So It really does NOT matter what party, what level of government, etc… the deck is truly stacked and "they" are allowed to lie when running, then do a quick 180 degree turn and sock-it-to-us ALL!


Obama was speaking of the way people vote. Listen to the entire speech sometime. He was correct. A lot of people voted just for their gun rights even though they don't know their history. Did you know that Pres. George the first allowed the ATF to stop the import of assault weapons while he was in office? Did you know Ronald Reagan campaigned for the Brady Bill, or that, He created a 15 day waiting period in California when he was Gov.? Did you know that McCain wanted to reinstate the AWB? I am pro-2nd amendment too. I like my… Read more »


right on brother!!!

keep the guns loaded and start working on the aim to hit center mass.

it looks like Nobama will fall by its own weight, the commie weight.


looks obamas hatred of the people can be clearly seen he hates anyone who does not agree with him. this is an out and out communist statement we should fear this president he is a tyrant in the making. he will not get the guns and he knows it. but he may confuse people to get them to go to camps voluntary, don't go its a trap stay at home and keep your gun loaded