Big Numbers on Background Checks and Carry Permits

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- New data on background checks and concealed carry permit holders shows that the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights may just be the one constant in 2020. New data was released and records were set. This isn’t déjà vu; it’s a trend.

The FBI released NICS background check data for September, which saw the fewest checks since February but still set the record for the most checks ever for the month of September. Oh, and also enough to break the annual record for NICS checks with a quarter of the year remaining. The FBI has now processed 28,826,449 total NICS checks so far in 2020, which bests the previous record by 456,699. The previous record was set last year. Since NICS came online in November 1998, there have been 361,830,515 total background checks.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that we may see more than 20 million sales-related background checks this year if this pace continues. NSSF estimates there have been 15.4 million sales-related checks so far this year, with the record of 15.7 million checks being set in 2016.

There have been 9,019,844 NICS checks related to handgun sales so far this year. For comparison’s sake, that’s more than the number of total NICS checks for any year between 2000 and 2005. Add to that the 4,894,069 checks related to long gun sales, the 636,954 “other” sales-related checks, and the 297,459 multiple checks, and you have 14,848,326 sales-related checks so far in 2020 – or, more than the number of total NICS checks conducted in any year before 2011.

An important note: the NSSF adjusted number includes checks for transactions like pawn shop redemptions or private sales. The numbers used in the above paragraph are limited to NICS checks by firearm type.

Comparisons are fun, right? They’re also useful to provide context when dealing with large numbers. We’ve seen about 9.02 million checks related to handgun sales this year. That’s more checks than 40 states (and the District of Columbia) have total population.

The difference between total background checks and sales-related background checks is permit checks. Economist John Lott reports that there are now over 19.48 million concealed carry permit holders across the country.  Lott reports that the number of female permit holders is growing 101.2% faster than the number of male permit holders, though not all states provide data by gender. This estimate would hold that permit-holders are about 7.6% of the total adult population in the United States – and permitless carry is the law in sixteen states, so the population of concealed carriers could be even larger.

With three months – including hunting season, a Presidential election, and the holidays – left in the year, it’s difficult to project how high the number of background checks will go. Will election results spur even more people to obtain permits? Will manufacturing and inventory be able to keep up with Americans’ demand for firearms?

The best way to make sure that every American continues to enjoy access to their 2nd Amendment rights is to vote. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris refuse to reveal their position on packing the U.S. Supreme Court. If they get the chance, they’ll select judges that agree with their distorted view on the Second Amendment.

The best protection is to deny them that chance. Vote for pro-gun candidates. Volunteer when you can. Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors know what’s at stake in this election.


About NRA-ILA:

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h87111
h87111
1 month ago

And, don’t go all “Fatherly” on pretty girls in stupidly staged publicity photos.

Will
Will
1 month ago
Reply to  h87111

Oldvet,that sure is known to happen ain’t it?

Will
Will
1 month ago
Reply to  h87111

Oldvet,them fathers with hot daughters have been known to drive a father nuts. Having to seal off their bedroom windows so they don’t sneak out of the house at 3AM gets old fast too.

Will
Will
1 month ago

It appears the man is explaining the flip up sights to this young woman. I would also suggest putting a red dot sight on that rifle. Eotech or Aimpoint.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Will

I would suggest having her purse on her shoulder rather than hanging off of her wrist. The breeze could make it sway making it harder to hold the aim point where as if she had a sling, it might not matter.

Last edited 1 month ago by musicman44mag
h87111
h87111
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Right! Always put down your purse before you half shoulder your AR15… LOL.

h87111
h87111
1 month ago
Reply to  Will

And, don’t take advice from “experts” who call a standard AR fixed front sight a “flip up”, and also call an Eotech a “red dot”… LOL.