NSSF: Americans Vote Yes in a Landslide for Gun Sales

By Larry Keane

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October’s gun sales are way up again, proving Americans still don’t support gun control. IMG Jim Grant

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- October’s firearm sales figures are in and if this is an indicator of how American feels about guns – folks, it’s a landslide.

NSSF released the adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures for October. They aren’t record-breaking. They’re a record-shattering 1.76 million background checks completed for the sale of a firearm across the nation. That brings the annual total to 17.2 million, leaving the previous record in the rear-view mirror. That was 15.7 million background checks in 2016, also an election year, when Hillary Clinton promised to re-enact the failed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

Those buying firearms this year are facing the threat of former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with outright confiscation of lawfully owned semiautomatic rifles. Just two days before voters walked into the booth, Biden reiterated his gun control aspirations. Apparently, he’s unaware of the record-breaking numbers of Americans buying firearms this year, including the 6.9 million estimated first-time buyers.

How’d We Get Here?

The sales surge started in earnest in March when 2.3 million background checks were conducted for the sale of a firearm. That was the most ever recorded in a single month since record-keeping began in 1999. Since then, between 1.6 and 2.2 million checks have been conducted each month, giving each month since March the strongest month on record.  That’s right. Each month has been a record-setting month. That’s brought us to these most recent figures, which blew past 2019’s totals long ago and just zipped by the 2016 record. Here’s the kicker. There are still two months of sales to count, and traditionally they are two of the busiest months of the year.

In all honesty, sales were trending higher even before March. January and February’s figures topped the same months in 2019. The monthly figures for the end of 2018 were higher than they were a year before. It can’t be discounted that it’s also the same time Democratic candidates were trying “out-gun control one” another. What’s left is the Democratic National Committee gun-control platform that is the most radical – and unconstitutional – proposal to ever be posed to voters.

Not every gun buyer has been a red state gun owner. Reporting has shown that people from all walks of life and all political ideologies are buying guns. That means politicians pushing this radical anti-gun agenda aren’t reading the tea leaves, even when they’re arranged in complete sentences for them. Americans don’t want more gun control. They want politicians to get serious about crime control.

What Now?

The industry has been busy keeping up with demand. Manufacturers are working diligently to meet orders and keep shelves stocked. By anyone’s estimate, that’s been difficult. Everyone will also be watching Election Day returns. That will be a tell-tale of what’s in store for the firearm industry and gun owners. Once the votes are counted, Americans will know if there’s going to be an added run to buy guns before antigun politicians shut the spigot off and dry up gun rights or if the industry is able to meet the needs of today’s customer.

It’s been a record-breaking year and there are still two months to go.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Deplorable Bill

There’s trouble in the air. Most anybody can sense it. It’s wise to arm up. Both antifa and blm say they will be hitting the suburbs. Judging from what they have done so far we must expect to be assaulted, our homes burned down and worse. Being unarmed is pushing your luck with your life and the lives of your spouse, children, friends, neighbors and co workers in the balance. I am truly supprised and thankful that we are not in a shooting civil war right now. We are at a defacto state of civil war and we have been… Read more »


According to what the the folks counting ballots in Philly today are doing, it will start by the weekend. I think they are going to have to reboot the whole election and have Government troops do the counting to make sure the Commies don’t steal it.


Until Americans are will to recreate the Battle of Athens nothing will happen. America is dead. Our Republic is dead. The globalist left has stolen this election & killed any resemblance of freedom or the idea of individual votes counting. Welcome to socialism folks! Now shut up & submit. Big government knows what’s best for you!


There will be a “shot heard round the world” again if dems push executive action by biden to turn gun owners into criminals…


I am going to pop some corn and wait for the show to start. Thing is, there won’t be a “show” around here. It will be like Halloween, nobody will be trick or treating in my neighborhood (though I have plenty of “candy” on hand). And that suits me just fine. My biggest problem is convincing the wife to chill out.


Better watch it…Biden’s old nemesis, Corn Pop will get you…just saying.


Of course, when you pop that corn, it all turns white no matter what color the unpopped corn was. LOL!


Boy do I hear that. Mine is beside herself. still trying to talk her off the ledge. Too much time on fakebook…


Yes, Facebook.

Dave in Fairfax

I have to wonder if there is something intrinsic that makes it SO hard for wives to just calmly sit and wait. I haven’t had the news on the tube for months.


It is the drama; they love the drama. It took me about twenty years to get her to not watch daytime soap operas.

Dave in Fairfax

Mine isn’t loving it. She’s horrified and terrified by what she sees happening to her country.


Today, the news IS the daily soap opera. She’s just getting her fix now from a different “Days of Our Lives”

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Heed the Call-up

Yet, we are to believe all these new firearm owners voted against their RKBA? If Biden wins, the fraud will be obvious. Even if he loses, but it is close, there obviously was still huger voter fraud, even Biden admitted to that. “We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” He then follows that with a lie, “What the president is trying to do is discourage people from voting by implying that their vote won’t be counted, it can’t be counted, we’re going to challenge it and all… Read more »


EXCEPT, many of these sales are going to BLM and antifa communist terrorists. It is a false assumption to assume these gun sales are for freedom-loving Americans. BLM, antifa and Communist Party USA (the democrat party) have all pledged to have a civil war to change America. Gun shops all over America have reported these communist freaks coming in to purchase firearms. DID YOU VOTE? DID YOU DEMAND OTHERS VOTE? DID YOU CANVASS REPUBLICAN VOTES? Americans sit quietly as the communist democrats manufacture mail in ballots by the truck load. Democrat vote fraud is rampant. But, sit quietly and let… Read more »


Any verifiable PROOF that ‘many of these sales are going to BLM and antifa communist terrorists’? I’m waiting…..


Here kitty, kitty, kitty.


I think a whole bunch of the Antifa types were put off by the waiting periods in the states they live in!

Get Out

I concur with these other posters that you should back up your claim that gun shops all over America are reporting these other groups are purchasing weapons. I poked around in google for a few minutes and couldn’t verify anything you’ve posted. I personally know of 4 people, totally new to guns that bought guns and have completed their CCW because of the unrest.