NICS: Gun Sales for August 2021 Second Highest on Record

NICS: Gun Sales for August, 2021 Second Highest on Record
NICS: Gun Sales for August 2021 Second Highest on Record

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- In August of 2021, National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and the associated gun sales are at high levels, but not as high as the record sales in 2020. The August sales of 2021 are the second-highest on record, as were the July sales in 2021.

This may indicate a new normal of consistently high gun sales, below the record-setting levels of 2020.

There were about 1.29 million gun sales recorded by NICS this past August. In 2020, gun sales were about 1.67 million. The next highest August was in 2016, with about 1.17 million gun sales.

These consistently high gun sales in 2020 may come from political unrest, lack of faith in the electoral system, and millions of new gun owners. In 2020, estimates of new gun owners varied between 4 and 8 million. This correspondent has not seen any surveys showing a percentage of new gun owners for 2021. There have been about 12.5 million firearm sales through federally licensed dealers in 2021 by the end of August. There were about 13.5 million sales by the end of August in 2020.

Since the election of President Obama in 2012, about 168 million guns have been added to the privately-owned stockpile in the United States. Nearly all of those guns are not registered. Only a few states require the registration of guns.

Most of the approximately 476 million guns in private hands in the United States are unregistered and untraceable.

The estimate of guns sold is uncertain because not all sales go through the NICS system. About 10 million people with carry permits may purchase guns through federal dealers without going through the NICS system because they already went through the NICS to obtain their carry permit. The  10 million is an estimate because half of the states have this system. There are more than 20 million people in the United States with carry permits.  One person may purchase several guns with one NICS check.

There were about 2.70 million NICS checks in August of 2021. Most of those were for permit checks and rechecks. Illinois and Kentucky run multiple rechecks of carry permits each month. This skews the system with more than twice as many NICS checks as there are firearm sales.

A general shortage of ammunition may account for the slight slackening of gun sales. Demand has outstripped production. President Biden has placed a ban on future imports of guns and ammunition from Russia, which may re-inflate the ammunition bubble.

Ammunition manufacturers all around the world are running at high levels, attempting to meet the demand. There were signs of a deflating ammunition bubble before the fiasco in Afghanistan and the Biden ban on Russian importation.

The times are uncertain. A rising power (China) threatens world stability. The leadership of the dominant power (the USA) seems feckless, hesitant, and incompetent, unwilling to offend the rising power. There are substantial reports of family corruption.

This correspondent does not see a significant reduction in demand for ammunition or firearms in the near future.

As gun sales rise the number of people with carry permits soar, and the number of gun owners increase, support for and exercise of Second Amendment rights continues to rise.

The number of people who want restrictions on gun ownership, sales, and usage is shrinking.


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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Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
2 months ago
gregs
gregs (@gregsodeman)
2 months ago

that that many people purchased firearms should demonstrate to leftists that gun control isn’t going to happen should be evident. but you know lefties. now if only all those purchasers voted that way.

tatersalad
tatersalad (@kjj1456)
2 months ago

The more citizens that arm themselves the safer the country will be.

Arizona Don
Arizona Don (@arizona-don)
2 months ago

The more guns that are sold just makes the socialist marxist democrats more determined to confiscate the guns and do away with the second amendment. Which is of course is a goal they can never accomplish! Installing gun control (confiscation) peacefully is not very likely a possibility here in the United States of America “if” Americans become/remain informed of the history of the twentieth century in Europe and Asia. That said however it must never be taken for granted or it will happen while we look the other way and believe the lies of the far left. Yes the grabbers… Read more »

hippybiker
hippybiker (@hippy-biker)
2 months ago

There is no future in laundering drug money!

Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
2 months ago

Call it by it’s easily recognizable name. Tyranny. Doesn’t matter if it’s (controlled by UK Masonic Zionist PTB which it is) Marxist’s/Statist’s/Socialist’s/Communist’s/ChiCom/Zionist’s etc. Same central banking system of Masonic Zionist rule runs the whole paradigm. Socialism is by ignorance, communism is by force. Gun sales are up b/c people are aware that tyranny is pissing down our backs while they’re manufactured media is telling us it’s raining. All tyrants know that political power comes from the end of a gun’s barrel. “Cordless hole punchers” work period. Since they’re inception, they save lives & take lives. God didn’t blame the Rock… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Tank
loveaduck
loveaduck (@elbee1943)
2 months ago
Reply to  Tank

Do you have proof for your conspiracy theories?

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
2 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

Oh look, a troll!

Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
2 months ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

Exactly. It’s become blindingly shillarious this point.

swmft
swmft
2 months ago
Reply to  Tank

hear no see no speak no I’m no leader but have never followed kind of belong on island of misfit toys how we wound up with jimmy the smiling idiot 2.0 would love to know, are average people really this stupid ??? do they need a leash to lead them around ?? so sad

Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
2 months ago
Reply to  swmft

Yep some are. But the constant sales tell the real truth & story.

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull (@rld454c)
2 months ago

To bad the ammo industry can’t keep up with the record sale of guns . Joe and Barrack are the best gun salesman this country has ever had . Keep up the good work you 2 idiots .

Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
2 months ago

Tyranny is the best Gun salesperson.

swmft
swmft
2 months ago

industry is playing catch up remington plants were shut for two years till sold and re started takes time to get it all back running. so major source did nothing while supplies dwindled this all looks planed even covid