October Trump Era NICS Trend Toward Second Highest Year on Record

By Dean Weingarten

October Trump Era NICS Trend Toward Second Highest Year on Record


Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- The Trump era NICS checks are continuing the trend to become the second highest year for NICS checks on record. 2016 is the current record holder, with 27,538,673 NICS checks for the year.

The next highest year was in 2015, with 23,141,970.  2,030,391 NICS checks were done in October, 2017.

Through the end of October, the NICS checks for 2017 have reached 20,266,289. November and December have traditionally been the highest months for NICS checks, correlating with hunting seasons and Christmas.  2016 only needs to accumulate 2,875,681 NICS checks in the last two months of the year to become the second highest year on record. Every year since 2010 has exceeded that number for November and December.

It is more likely that the totals for November and December in will be over four million checks.  They have been over four million for four of the last five years.

Four million more NICS checks would be over 24 million checks for the year.

2017 NICS checks have been at 91% of the level of the all time record in 2016.

NICS checks are being used for both new and used firearms sales.  They are being used for other purposes as well. Firearms carry permits are rapidly expanding across the United States, with over 16 million carry permits currently in use. NICS checks are used for both initial issue of a permit and for the renewal of permits.  Some NICS checks are used for background checks for employment.

Because of the expanding use of NICS checks, the number of firearms added to private stock in the United States is a fraction of the NICS checks. Past calculations based on ATF records indicate that about .56 firearms are added to the private stock in the United States for each NICS check done by the FBI.

If that ratio holds, about 1.1 million firearms will have been added to the private stock in October, or about 11.3 million firearms added in 2017 so far.

It was thought that firearms sales would fall off drastically if President Trump were elected. That has not happened. President Obama may have been the greatest firearms salesman of all time, but President Trump's first year is likely to beat all of President Obama's eight years in office, except for the last one.

It appears the demand for firearms has grown and the number of firearms owners has grown. Polls are a poor way to determine firearms ownership. Many people are reluctant to admit to firearms ownership when there is serious talk of restricting the ability to own or buy firearms.

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey shows gun ownership jumping from 41 to 48 percent of households. That increase includes a component of gun owners who are willing to admit ownership during a Trump administration.

It also indicates an increase in the base level of firearm ownership.  Once a new owner buys a gun, they are likely to buy more guns, with different guns for different purposes.

In two months we will know if 2017 becomes the second highest year on record for NICS checks. We do not know at present, but that is the way to bet.

Dean Weingarten©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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3 years ago

You would think the lefties would give up on gun control with these statistics. There are, without a doubt, more guns here than the gun grabbers faced in England and Australia. I think the American gun owner feels his/her freedom is more valuable, plus we have a Constitution that guides us. We are not subjects as English and Australians are known and if you added sheeple to the nickname of subjects that puts us way out in front of the other “buyback programs” by other countries. It doesn’t appear the liberals will give up on taking our guns because that… Read more »

3 years ago

But… who is it that are buying guns today? ANTIFA is one we have heard about. We have also heard about the LGBTers buying guns. The left has been saying that the right bought guns at the fastest rate ever while Obammy was in office. Since we are reported to already have our guns, I’m gonna guess it’s those leftist types with the mental health issues. I suspect that there might be a few righties who are playing catch up. I have different guns to fill different needs. Hunting large game, small game, fowl. Range practice. Sporting clays. CCW. Home… Read more »

3 years ago

Hmm a couple of issues come to mind based on the data in this article. 1) whatever happened to the supposed ‘slump’ in gun sales since Trump got elected? Not quite as high as the heyday during barry’s tenure but still fairly significant numbers. Which brings us to 2) taking bit of a swag at 8 year totals – probably 25 million per year as a rough average, that nets the greatest gun salesman of all time a total of 200 MILLION. Yet there are folks who claim there are ‘only’ 300 million guns in the USA. I suspect that… Read more »