NICS in May, 2020, President Trump, Greatest Gun Salesman, Ever?

Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president's comment to reporters. (Dave Workman)
Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president’s comment to reporters. (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-( The National Instant background Check System (NICS) numbers have been released for May, 2020. As expected, they are breaking records.

They are, at 3,066,740, the second-largest single month for NICS checks, ever, only exceeded by December, 2015.

The continuing, growing number of NICS checks for carry permits and carry permit rechecks, renders the total number of NICS less and less related to the total number of firearms sold.

The FBI allows access to a breakdown of what the checks are done for, by type of firearm purchased. By adding those numbers, we can obtain a good approximation of the total number of firearms sold. The formula used is checks done for Handguns + Long guns + Other + (2.5 times the number done for multiple firearms on one check) = total firearms sold.

In May, 2020, that was the highest number of firearms sold in the month of May ever recorded, about 1,580,341 firearms.

Courtesy Dean Weingarten, May 2020 NICS

The total sold so far in 2020, according to the formula, has been right at eight million, within a reasonable margin of error. (7,978,582 is 99.97% of eight million).

Compare eight million firearms sold in the first five months of 2020, with the first and second record years of firearms added to the private stock in 2013 and 2016.

Firearms sold are not exactly the same as firearms added to the private stock, but the numbers are close.

In 2013, the total added for the year was 16 million and thirty thousand.

In 2016, the total added for the year was 16 million and 260 thousand.

We are far from halfway through 2020. If we continue firearm sales at this pace, the total added to the private stock for 2020 could break all records at more than 18 million.

President Donald Trump may rival President Barack Obama for the title of the greatest firearm salesman of all time!

The uncertainty, discord, and civil unrest unleashed against the nation, in an attempt to unseat President Trump, far outpaces the unrest during President Barack Obama’s term. From 2008 to 2016, it was threats of gun bans, ammunition bans, with a few riots thrown in.

From 2017 to present, it has been the administrative coup against President Trump, the threat of gun bans by Democrats, actual state gun bans where Democrats control the state, such as in New York, California, Maryland, and New Jersey; and the fear of social unrest during the Covid 19 imbroglio and the rioting ginned up by leftists under the cover of the George Floyd protests promoted by the Media.

In both administrations, the inaction of the Supreme Court to protect the Second Amendment, after 2012, has fueled the buying spree.

The civil unrest, violent mobs burning public buildings and private property, and pictures of armed property owners preventing rioters from looting their property, all overshadow claims by those who wish Americans disarmed.

The campaign to disarm the American people is dead in the water for the foreseeable future. Two contradictory premises about the nature of reality, promoted by the left, have collided with and destroyed each other.

The destruction of contradictory dogma is illustrated thus:

Posited: No one needs a gun, you can rely on the police.

Posited: You cannot trust the police because they are corrupt racists.

+ scenes of retreating police and burning buildings

= I need a gun and I am glad we have the Second Amendment.

It was the ramp-up of firearms producers to meet the demand during the Obama regime which created the infrastructure to produce those eight million firearms sold in the first five months of 2020.

That productive capacity would not have been there, except for the enormous demand created by the push for gun bans during President Obama’s tenure.

President Trump may take the crown as the greatest firearm salesman, ever.

His achievement is built on the structure created in response to the Obama regime.

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 retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ryben Flynn

Not President Trump, the anti-American Left out to destroy cities and loot and burn and murder and the Democrats let it happen and I still have not heard Nancy or Chuck condemn the violence from the Left.
THAT is driving the gun sales. Police standing down or even siding with the prote, er, rioters in some cities.


No, he’s not.The events caused by the MSM, and George Soros and Bloomberg are the salesmen. The riots (95% NEVER about Mr.Floyd), were paid for and organized by SOROS and financed by HIM.He is guilty of SEDITION and should be arrested and put of trial. Lefties and regular Blue state Americans are getting WOKE when they see the POLICE cannot, or are being ordered to NOT enforce laws. YOUR protection, has always been up to you,NOT LE. SCOTUS has ruled several times LE is NOT RESPONSIBLE for your safety. WE ARE. The ignorant and Left are finally getting WOKE about… Read more »

Wild Bill

@Dos, It would not be much of a trial because sedition in not illegal in the US. We could get rid of Soros overnight. The Russians still have a warrant out on him.


@W.B. As with “Treason”, “Sedition” may not be prosecuted, but it remains a Crime per US Code (at least as of yesterday) – 18 USC 2384: Seditious conspiracy Text contains those laws in effect on June 7, 2020 From Title 18-CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I-CRIMES CHAPTER 115-TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES §2384. Seditious conspiracy If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or… Read more »


The last gun I purchased was a Glock 19 Gen 3.5. It is a Gen 3 gun that has a Gen 4 locking block. At least that is how I refer to it. I think I may have put maybe 50 rounds through it in the last year, or was it two years ago I bought it. Sometimes little details like that don’t mean much when you get older. I just hope I can remember how to shoot the USPSA match tomorrow since it will have been three months since the last one we had.


I disagree, it’s a finite reality for all of who are alive, each second is passing, gone forever.Each day is to be never again,make the most of how much you are allotted.When your days are up, you continue on for eternity just not in a tent of flesh.


Doszap: Unless one volunteers to return to this world of limitations for another trip to learn things by overcoming those limitations. IMO, OFC.

Wild Bill

@Dos, Tent of flesh? Can I be a speed boat of flesh, instead?

Wild Bill

@RoyD, Good luck in tournament!

Get Out

Nah, I have to disagree that Trump should get the credit for the gun sales going on. The same anti-gun buffoons who keep pushing their same anti-gun agenda share the best gun salesmen award.

Wild Bill

@Anna Maria Alberghetti, Close air support. I love A10s and A10 drivers! Talk about on time home delivery!


Dean, you will never find me discrediting your writings in any way as I think highly of your literary and journalistic talents because it leaves hope that the “investigative reporter” and all that entails will survive the degradation of our nation.

I do have one request of you and that is to do a story / report on how many UPIN numbers have been prodiced through the FBI NICS Background Check System since its Inception and perhaps a little bit on why these numbers have been issued by the FBI NICS? Semper Fidelis Gregory Romeu

Wild Bill

@Greg Romeau, What is a UPIN number?


The Democratic/Socialist/Communist Party has actually been the driving force for gun purchases. Their playbook for America can be found at the link below.


Then you would not mind DONATING to the vs. City of Marfa, TX War Chest and then taking time to pass along and encouraging others to do the same?

“We Mutually Pledge To Each Other Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor…”


Trump is the greatest gun salesman ever? What bullshit. He didn’t create any of what’s going on. Anyone who males a statement like that is brain dead.


What a totally B.S. headline! Soros, Schumer, Pelosi and Biden are the current fire-arm sales-force! Click-throughs falling down, Dean?

American Patriot

Trump has as much to do with the current gun buying as obama had in the blacks high approval ratings of law enforcement!


Could you make this shareable?