April 2018 U.S. Firearms Sales Fall To Lowest Level Since 2015

April 2018 U.S. Firearms Sales Fall To Lowest Level Since 2015
April 2018 U.S. Firearms Sales Fall To Lowest Level Since 2015

GREENVILLE, SC, USA & HALIFAX, NS, CANADA –-(Ammoland.com)- Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimates April 2018 firearms sales at 1,131,533 units, a year-over-year decline of 4.2% from April 2017.

This is the lowest firearms unit number for April since April 2015.

SAAF’s firearms unit sales estimates are based on raw data taken from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), adjusted for checks likely to be unrelated to end-user firearms sales.

The FBI’s raw numbers (for April, some 2,186,119, the highest April numbers on record) cannot be taken at face-value as very large numbers of background checks are unrelated to end-user sales. For example, in April the state of Kentucky conducted about 390,000 so-called permit checks alone whereas end-user checks at firearms retailers likely amounted to under 20,000 checks.

SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer comments that “the sum total of likely firearms sales for the first four month of 2018 is slightly below sales for the same period last year suggesting continued softness in the U.S. firearms market.”

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American Patriot

So that really means absolutely nothing 1.1 million units sold? I call B.S. there are 28 states I believe where you don’t need a NICS check to buy a firearm if you have a concealed carry permit, I can go out and buy 10 this month & no NICS check. I don’t know how many of those checks are for job positions or if that falls under a different background check. How ever I do believe the buying frenze is not over, its just taking a lull for the moment.


Oh for the high sales days of the Obama wanna be grabbers .

Guy J. Sagi

What Ray said. What a joke.

Kevin Crystal

Kentucky had 390,000 background checks for carry permits in April? According to one source they had 311,994 TOTAL permits as of December 31, 2015. I call major BS.

Jim Macklin

4473 and NICS check data does not track how many guns were sold. A single 4473 can cover several guns purchased at same time. In states that are allowed by ATF rules, a CCH/CCW can be used as ID on a 4473 and in lieu of a phone call to NICS. In such cases the sale may not get on a database. If there are multiple guns purchased at same time or in a short span of time ATF requires FFLs to report that. Manufacturers do report the number of gun made and the number exported. I’m hoping to win… Read more »

Wild Bill

M, Yep, just like golf clubs, each has a different role. Except you don’t see people adorning the walls of their house with really neat and interesting … golf clubs.


I don’t get it ?? Posting foreign commie Left wing BS.. CHECK your sources..You’ve been scammed