April 2019 National Instant Background Check (NICS) Number is new Record

April 2019 National Instant Background Check (NICS) Number is new Record
April 2019 National Instant Background Check (NICS) Number is new Record

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- In April 2019, the National Instant Background Check System, (NICS), recorded the highest number of background checks for April. There were 2,334,249 NICS checks in April 2019.

It is important to note many of the background checks done by the FBI in the NICS system are for state carry permits of various kinds. In the NICS statistics kept by the FBI, there are categories for NICS permit checks and permit rechecks. The popularity of gun carry permits at the state level has resulted in more than half of all NICS checks being carried out for the purposes of permits and permit rechecks.

The NICS permit checks in April of 2019 were 817,967. The permit rechecks for April of 2019 were 494,527. The total permit and permit rechecks were 1,312,494. The total non-permit background checks were 1,021,715.

The NICS permit checks for April of 2018 were 926,928. The permit rechecks for the same month were 193,194. Together they totaled 1,120,192 in April of 2018. The total NICS checks for April of 2018, the last record April, were 2,223,213.

The increase of total NICS checks from April of 2018 to April of 2019 was 111,036.

The increase in carry permit and permit rechecks was 192,302. Thus, while NICS checks overall were a record, the number of permits and permit rechecks are growing so fast they mask a slight drop in NICS checks for gun sales.

Non-permit checks for April 2018 were 1103021. Non-permit checks in April of 2019 was 1,021,715, or about 93% of the previous April.

As might be expected, the permit rechecks are growing rapidly while checks for original permits are slowing a bit.

This trend is exacerbated by the practices of Illinois, which did over 360,000 permit rechecks in April of 2019, or about 75% of the total permit rechecks. Similarly, Kentucky did over 361 thousand permit checks in April of 2019. Kentucky checks all Kentucky permits every month. The two states account for 55% of all permit and permit rechecks.

The FBI cannot charge for NICS checks, by law.

NICS checks are an imprecise measure of the increase in the private stock of firearms in the United States. There are numerous reasons for this. As shown above the growing numbers of NICS checks for firearms and firearm permits must be taken into account. In addition, one NICS check can be used to purchase multiple new firearms.

NICS checks are done on the resale of previously owned firearms by Federal Firearm License holders. The sale of those firearms does nothing to increase the private stock of firearms in the United States.

In half of the states, permits to carry can serve as a substitute for another NICS check. The check was done when the permit to carry was obtained.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming, are all states that accept a carry permit as a replacement for a NICS check.

In spite of the difficulties of determining absolute numbers of new firearms sold, the NICS checks are a good indicator of overall firearms sales, especially if the permit and permit rechecks are taken into account.


About Dean Weingarten: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.

  • 9 thoughts on “April 2019 National Instant Background Check (NICS) Number is new Record

    1. A Japanese General said during the attack on pearl harbor..
      I am afraid we have awoken a sleeping giant..
      Invasion is impossible.. American has a gun behind every blade of grass..
      If Government planned to forcefully confiscate guns ? They would be facing the most well armed Gorilla fighters in the world..

      1. We are fighting gorillas now? Are they illegal immigrants too or are they just democrats?
        The type of warfare that you are referring to is called guerrilla warfare and was really started by colonists who refused to stand in lines and have the British shoot at them with their highly inaccurate muskets. Instead the hid behind rocks, trees and fences and picked them off with their much more accurate rifles.

    2. People are waking up to the fact that police are not supermen, they cant be there at the speed of light, we dont have minutes when seconds count..a look back on history, The James gang was stopped in Northfield, The Dalton gang was ended in Coffeeville..And as heavily armed as Bonnie and Clyde was, Justice was served in Louisiana!

    3. Here is another theory you might want to think about.
      If you look at the illegals coming to this country and the democrats are funding them and encouraging them. Many are young and look very healthy and strong and are male. Instead of defending their own country the possibility exists the democrats want them here so when the SHTF they will have chumps to go to battle for them. The side benefit to them, might be they have been promised, to take over the property of the conservatives they kill. That would be a good incentive to the illegals. Whether the democrats would allow it is , probably not, they want it all for themselves. With the current political climate I would not be surprised to find this as factual. Think about it.

    4. People are seeing the oncoming train of tyranny and are preparing accordingly by getting carry permits, pistols, rifles, and LOTS OF AMMO!!

      These commiecrats are gonna get a hot loud welcome when they come for the guns.

    5. I would love to see these anti-gun morons get a good taste of what real Americans are about and why we defend this Awesome Country. I’m glad to have served to protect our Constitution.

      1. From one old vet to another, thanks for YOUR service! It is a privilege to be able to serve this awesome country!

    6. It appears that there are a lot of folks still objecting to the onrush of anti-gun legislation by making a statement and arming themselves. Anti-gun activists had better sit up and take notice that they may have awakened the sleeping giant that is gun owners and may be swept out with the trash.

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