Firearm Sales Indicator Rose Again in March 2011
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Background checks for firearms rose 11.5% in March according to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
This continues the strong upward 18.5% increase in February. Background checks have been trending upward since June of last year. In March 2011, 1,449,724 background checks were performed compared to 1,300,100 in March 2010.
Year-to-date, through March 2011, background checks (4,246,573) are ahead of the first three months of 2010 (3,662,540).
For 2010, total background checks numbered 14.4 million, up 2.7% from 14.0 million in 2009.
FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers and are considered a strong indicator of actual sales by industry experts.
Source: NSGA, 4/11.
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