Gun Sales Continue Upward Trend Says NSSF

NSSF Adjusted NICS for Jan 2012
NSSF Adjusted NICS for Jan 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn –-( The January 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 920,840 is an increase of 17.3 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 784,856 in January 2011.

For comparison, the unadjusted January 2012 NICS figure of 1,368,816 reflects a 4.3 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,312,544 in January 2011.

This marks the 20th straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year.

The NSSF-adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.

For additional information on NICS or to view a complete set of the current monthly reports, please visit the NICS website.

NSSF Adjusted NICS for Year Ending Jan 2012
NSSF Adjusted NICS for Year Ending Jan 2012

Questions concerning NSSF-adjusted NICS data should be directed to NSSF at 203-426-1320 or [email protected] Additional research is available at NSSF members may access historical monthly NICS data by logging in and clicking on “NSSF Industry Research” then “Monthly updates of NICS data.”

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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