Firearm Sales Indicator Rose Again in March 2011

Firearm Sales Indicator Rose Again in March 2011

NICS Firearms Background Checks March 2011
NICS Firearms Background Checks March 2011
National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
NASGW

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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