NRA-ILA: More of the Same: NICS Reports a Record

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The NRA reports more Americans than ever are buying firearms. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Do you remember this time last year? Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic?

Almost exactly one year ago, we wrote about how Americans broke the January NICS record.

More than 1.1 million NICS checks associated with a potential transfer that month was a sign that the gun-owning community was growing. There were more than 2.7 million checks in January 2020 and that was a record. At that time, no one knew what the rest of 2020 would hold. At that time, breaking three million NICS checks in a single month was a rarity…though it became commonplace by the end of the year.

Just last month, we wrote about the all-time record set in December 2020. Reports of inventory shortages around the country made the records all that much more impressive.

All of that is old news; 2021 is showing us that the records of 2020 are not meant to stand. There were 4,317,804 total NICS checks last month – a 60% increase from January 2020 and a 10% increase over the previous busiest-ever month (December 2020). This not only marks the busiest-ever month for the NICS office but is also the first time the number of checks has broken the four million mark.

Think about that: 4.3 million checks in 31 days. Three weeks in January now rank among the top five highest weeks – the period from January 4th through the 24th. Two of these weeks saw more than a million total checks, and the third had 976,637 checks.

There were 1,124,621 checks related to the sale of a handgun and 713,492 long-gun-related checks, not including pawn, redemptions, or private transactions. Neither number is a record for the category but they are still impressive. The reality, however, is that we have become conditioned to the term “record-breaking” – as could be expected after breaking at least a monthly record for 20 out of the last 22 months (going back to April 2019). Thirty-three monthly or all-time records have been set and broken since January 2016.

All of this is an indication that our community has grown over time and continues to grow; 8.4 million law-abiding Americans became first-time gun buyers in 2020, and 40% of gun buyers last year were women. The gun-owning community has never been a homogenous group, but increasing diversity and increasing our total numbers can only lead to good.

But make no mistake: our rights face a very real threat. Buying a firearm, learning how to safely use it, and practicing are important duties. Sheer numbers can thwart gun control attempts in the legislature, but professional anti-gun activists and bureaucrats will do whatever it takes to curb our freedoms. These people are working to limit your ability to exercise your natural rights through whatever means they can – even if that means effectively putting policy-making in the hands of unelected, unaccountable bankers and financiers, means driving gun manufacturers out of business through frivolous lawsuits designed only to drive up defense costs, or changing the rules without notice to advance their agenda.

The NRA is working to better defend gun owners against bureaucratic attempts to shut down proponents of 2nd Amendment rights but we will hold the line against gun control and work to advance pro-gun policies at the state and federal level.

To the millions of Americans who purchased a firearm or got a permit last month: congratulations, and welcome to our community. We’re happy you’re here. Take advantage of training opportunities near you and make your voices heard. Career bureaucrats aren’t directly accountable to the people, but legislators are – and you can take action to prevent both from destroying the 2nd Amendment.


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Pa John
Pa John
8 days ago

The matter of our rights has been settled and carved in stone long ago, dearly bought and paid for with the blood of tyrants and patriots. Just a brief reminder: The only authority the American form of government has is via the consent of the governed, and the only way that consent is maintained is via the contracts known as the U.S. and State constitutions. Your rights are not at stake because your rights do not come from government, and our constitutional amendments known as the “Bill Of Rights” are in fact prohibitions against government from abridging / infringing /… Read more »

Get Out
Get Out
8 days ago

IMOA when these politicians stick anti-gun bovine scat in COVID relief bills and keep yammering about banning this or restricting that firearm, magazines and other gun components then they wonder why people run out and buy millions of guns every month. Eff’em

Arny
Arny
8 days ago
Reply to  Get Out

Do you really think they wonder ? They know exactly what they’re doing. Getting wealthy. lol

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 days ago

While it is quite true that our rights do “face a very real threat,” at least the numbers of gun owners (members of our side!) keep growing… and our civilian army becomes stronger every month, thus decreasing the odds against us. Bright side to everything, remember?

[This comes from a guy whose engineering background won’t allow me to be either a ‘glass half-full’ or a ‘glass half-empty’ person… if the glass is filled halfway, it merely has excess capacity! 🙂 ]

swmft
swmft
8 days ago

reloading reusing primers, even 22lr can be reloaded dont like to use old batteries but in a pinch the led can be melted and the led things added to harden it. can even make your own powder it all comes from a good chemistry class and yes I am a wood and steel guy plastic guns??? mattel16 give me an m14 any day

Last edited 8 days ago by swmft
JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 days ago
Reply to  swmft

swmft, thanks for reminding me…. In 1968, I was in C-1-2, the last Basic Training unit (at Ft Polk, LA) to use the M14. I absolutely loved that shoulder cannon. It had tremendous power, yet it’s recoil was straight back (with very little “muzzle flip”). Even out to 600 yards, it retained that mysterious “knockdown power” that our lovable DIs – mine was Sgt. Don Finkenkeller – always bragged about. The M14’s only drawback (from my scrawny point-of-view, anyway) was weight. The blasted thing was 16-1/2 pounds, empty. And the 7.62 NATO rounds were not feathers, either. Oh, well… nothing’s… Read more »

Stag
Stag
8 days ago

“But make no mistake: our rights face a very real threat.” Yeah, you’re the threat. You have worked with anti-2A politicians to violate our rights since your inception. “The NRA is working to better defend gun owners against bureaucratic attempts to shut down proponents of 2nd Amendment rights but we will hold the line against gun control and work to advance pro-gun policies at the state and federal level.” Hold the line. Yeah, that’s hilarious considering the NFA, GCA, Mulford Act, Hughes Amendment, import bans, NICS, red flag laws, bumpstock ban, and FixNICS have all been enacted with your support… Read more »

Jaque
Jaque
8 days ago

All those overpriced steel, plastic and aluminum clubs. Without ammunition they are as useful as a brick

RoyD
RoyD
8 days ago
Reply to  Jaque

I’m glad I don’t have any “bricks.”

Knute
Knute
8 days ago
Reply to  Jaque

That is why reloading is a thing. Roll your own and don’t worry about what the factories might do (or not do).

RoyD
RoyD
8 days ago
Reply to  Knute

As I type this I am loading 650 rounds of 45 ACP. Using 225gr Lee RN bullets that I have modified. Five grains of TiteGroup and a WLP primer in PMC brass. Got to have something to do inside with all that white stuff outside.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Roy, I’ve used TiteGroup, exclusively, for almost six years now – because it simply works! 4.2-4.3 grains for 115gr 9mm (1.125″ OAL) gets 1030-1050fps muzzle velocity from a 4″ barrel. Perfect for my needs (at an arthritic age 70+, recoil has become a factor that must be considered!).

Did a lot of research and experimenting before making that decision… never found any powder that was a better combination of reliability, consistency, affordability, and ease-of-measuring/dispensing. [Note, I’m not affiliated with Hodgdons… just a happy customer.]

RoyD
RoyD
7 days ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

Yep, TiteGroup for all the light to moderate loads and Longshot for the serious stuff. Been using those two for that for a long time. I have plenty of other pistol powders but you know how it is when you find something that just clicks.

Arny
Arny
8 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Got any for sell ? Have gun Will travel. lol

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
8 days ago

Perhaps the NRA is starting to see the aggressive and most effective lawsuits fought by and the growing numbers in support of the SAF?