NICS February, 2022 3rd Highest Feb for Gun Sales, 4th for total Checks

Below the Radar: The Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2019
Below the Radar: The Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2019

U.S.A.-(– February of 2022 was the third highest February for gun sales since the National Instant background Check System (NICS) started in 1998. It was the fourth-highest number of NICS checks done during the month of February.

Only 46 percent of the National Instant background Check System checks were for carry permits and carry permit rechecks in February of 2022. In February of 2021, the carry permits and permit rechecks were about 60 percent of total NICS checks.

Lines are from 2021. Bars are in 2022.

The change seems related to the implementation of a reformed FOID card system in Illinois. Public Act 102-0237 went into effect in January. It appears to have reduced the number of background checks conducted by Illinois state police by hundreds of thousands of checks a month.

  • In February of 2021, there were about 3.44 million NICS checks, total.
  • In February of 2022, there were about 2.55 million NICS checks, total.
  • Those total NICS numbers include all the checks done for carry permits and carry permit rechecks.
  • There were about 1.30 million guns sold using the NICS checks in February of 2022.
  • In February of 2021, there were about 1.35 million sold.
  • In February of 2020, there were about 1.24 million sold
  • In February of 2016, there were about 1.41 million sold

Gun sales remain at levels well above historical averages. The number of gun owners in the United States continues to grow, while interest in and desire for guns remains high.

This correspondent believes the demand for firearms is being driven by uncertainty domestically and in foreign affairs. Crime rates have risen sharply during the run up to the 2020 election with several Democrat states and cities announcing some crimes will not be effectively prosecuted. Police moral is low in those areas. Police have been demonized by the dominant media and the Democrat party. It is easy to understand why murder rates have spiked in many urban areas. The United States has a long, strong history of using firearms for defense of self and others. Neighbors help each other. Local organizations are formed spontaneously to aid in protecting neighborhoods.

The war in Ukraine is showing how useful small arms are in aiding national defense during an invasion.

In the United States, there is a long history of local militias spontaneously forming to keep order and to aid in civil defense during emergencies. There is a strong base of veterans to aid in organization and training such spontaneously organized systems.

An invasion of illegal aliens, many of them criminals, is occurring at the southern border with the assistance of the Biden administration. Over two million illegal aliens came to the United States in 2021 alone.

Handguns remain the strongest segment of the firearms market. About five handguns are sold for each three long guns.

Ammunition manufacturers are running all out.  There may be some limits on obtaining the supplies to make ammunition.  Ammunition remains in high demand and many calibers are difficult to find. Prices are high. The inability of manufacturers to meet the increased demand is probably limiting the demand for firearms. The war in Ukraine is increasing the demand for small arms ammunition.

When state and local governments refuse to enforce domestic tranquility, individuals are incentivized to pick up the slack. Because of this, gun sales remain strong, with many manufacturers selling firearms as fast as they can produce them.

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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I feel fortunate that I have sheriffs and representatives that have gone to the capital and continue to go to the capital to speak in favor of the 2nd amendment on multiple occasions including keeping our AR and standard capacity magazines and supported our move to become a 2nd amendment county. I feel sorry for and I find it odd that a certain percentage of people that claim to be a pro second amendment would want to live with the trash they complain about and despise so much like their police and sheriffs supporting gun control and stopping them from… Read more »


What a bad time it must be for police. People want to get rid of you and give your job to someone else, people are killing you just because you are a cop. What a world of S***. I can’t believe with people like that, there are cops that want to take away the people’s guns. I wish I could get inside their head to understand what they are thinking. Do they think that since there are less gun owners than non owners that they are supporting the majority of people and in doing so they are obtaining a majority… Read more »


guess they did not mean for someone to steal their shit and car jack them , that is only supposed to happen to peeons


Gun sales awesome ammo sales still not so good can’t have one with the other.

Wild Bill

Actually gun sales are down from the Pandemic/BLM riots. Smith and Wesson sales, earnings, and their stock price is down. (Which could be a buying opportunity soon ; ) !!


The more the better.


When the gub-mint fears the people there is freedom. When the people fear the gub-mint othere is tyranny.

Here’s a clue: Continual increased Gun sales records/trends/metrics & of note particularly during inflation/economic wars/sanctions/Geo-political Crisis’s/Deep State False Flags/Gaslighting/Agitprop MSM Predicative programming would indicate the people who fear the gub-mint.

Last edited 10 months ago by Tank

It’s odd that a certain percentage of socialists believe they are conservative just because they don’t want government employees to take their firearms.

Many of them are convinced their sheriff is “pro 2nd Amendment,” even though he’s done nothing to organize all the other good apples to lobby for firearm rights.