NICS Numbers for October 2020 – More Record Gun Sales

Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president's comment to reporters. (Dave Workman)
NICS Numbers for October 2020 – More Record Gun Sales (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-( During October of 2020 National Instant background Check System (NICS) numbers of checks and numbers of gun sales set new records for the month. The number of checks was 3.3 million. The calculated number of gun sales was more than  1.74 million. The previous record for checks in October was last year, with over 2.39 million checks.

About half of the background checks done in the NICS system are now done for carry permits or carry permit rechecks.

The previous record for gun sales in October was in 2016, with over 1.32 million gun sales.

In October 2019, the number of gun sales was 1.06 million. The October 2020 number is 1.64 times the number sold in October 2019. This is in line with the trend for 2020, which is about 1.7 times that of 2019.

Courtesy Dean Weingarten

1.74 million guns sold in October of 2020 brings the total sold in 2020 to about 16.84 million in 2020.  To break past 20 million for the year, 3.16 million will need to be sold in November and December, or about 1.58 million per month. Those numbers can easily be achieved. November and December are traditionally high months for gun sales.

2020 is not a traditional year. Politics and the fear of unrest, of police ordered to stand down in many Democrat cities and states, of a push to ban the most effective defensive tools such as semi-automatic rifles and pistols, have pushed gun sales to all-time records.

The election did nothing to alleviate the apprehensions which have lead to record gun sales in 2020.  Former Vice-President Biden has repeatedly called for mandated turn-ins or registration of the most popular rifles in the country. His running-mate, Senator Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of California, has a long history of extreme anti-right to keep and bear arms positions.

The appointment of Amy Comey Barret to the Supreme Court, along with the almost certainty of the Republicans holding the Senate, means the threats of packing the Supreme Court will not happen even if the Biden-Harris ticket is victorious.

The extremely close election, in spite of nearly five years of full-on political advocacy and propaganda, by nearly all the old media, against a candidate, then President, Donald Trump, means the Progressive power elite has lost much of its power to manipulate and control the American Electorate.

If President Trump loses the election, the aggressive, private, coordinated censorship of conservative voices, including Second Amendment supporters, by the tech giants of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, bear considerable responsibility.

The nail-biting character of the election, and the extreme distrust of the election numbers generated by the conduct of the media, portend more record levels of gun sales and background checks.

If President Trump loses the election, efforts by the Democrats to restrict Second Amendment rights guarantee high gun sales.

If President Trump is re-elected, gun sales may subside, but probably not.

More than 20 million guns will be sold in 2020. According to NSSF, about 40% of those sales are to new gun owners. Most of the sales are for self-defense. Higher percentages than ever before are to minorities and women.

At the end of October, there were, according to the calculated numbers, over 458 million privately owned guns in the USA.

By the end of 2020, there will be more than 460 million privately owned guns in the United States of America.

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

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that is a good thing to see. the more firearms law-abiding citizens purchase makes it that much harder for the authoritarian leftists to push their anti-gun agenda and confiscation plan. do you think that after spending the money to purchase their firearm, purchasing ammo and training and licensing they are going to willingly give up all that? for the most part i don’t think so, although you will have some that will do as the government agents say, not what the Constitution and Bill of Rights states. i will obey the law of God first, then the law of the… Read more »


Should this most recent coup attempt be successful and Biden is able to ascend to the Presidency you can expect a blizzard of executive orders a la Kalifornia attacks on your most fundamental natural rights. Kamala has her word processor loaded up with trash from CA as well as other progressive utopias like NJ, NY and elsewhere. We are dependent upon weak kneed progressives in the Senate to hold the line for the next two years. Dark times are here again. I hope you all have your reloading presses, components and plenty of magazines and spare parts. Progressives and socialists… Read more »


NO. Trump will be gone in January. We will be possibly protected by a Republican senate. But, two races in GA could spell doom for us. We are in for a rough ride. If we don’t lose our guns, we will have registration. That, we know leads to confiscation. Biden and Harris will do all they can to take guns and destroy the gun industry.


I am actually surprised that gun sales have remained strong. Considering that there is very little ammunition to be had, why buy a gun? Earlier this years I bought a Glock 42 in .380. Then I went to buy ammunition and could only find one box at a cheaper distributor that wanted $45. Now that cheaper distributor has the ammo at $99 per 50 and $199 per 100. I returned the G42 and exchanged it for a G43 because I had 9mm ammo. But, try to find good JHP ammo in 9mm, where it isn’t $65 per box. It is… Read more »