Arming America: 400M Guns & Citizens Keep Buying, Says Report

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While sales are slowing down, Americans are still buying guns, says a new report. Gun Counter Sale Store Shop shutterstock_Nomad_Soul 1686855574.jpg

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- A new report posted by 24/7 Wall Street says U.S. gun sales are continuing at a healthy, albeit slower pace than in 2021, leaving gun prohibitionists asserting the Second Amendment “should be adjusted to modern-day realities.”

The report was accompanied by a roundup—based on raw National Instant Check System (NICS) data for the first eight months of this year—of the states, from the lowest to the highest number of presumed gun sales. Hawaii is at the bottom of the heap with only 12,669 NICS checks from January through August, while Illinois is at the top with 2,771,745 checks.

However, raw data does not translate to completed gun sales. Even the FBI, which runs the NICS system, always posts a caveat in its monthly updates that the numbers “do not represent the number of firearms sold.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation makes an “adjustment” of the data each month to more closely reflect the estimated number of actual gun sales. Where the August raw figure of 2,518,137 NICS checks were initiated, according to the FBI chart, the NSSF-adjusted figure for gun-related checks was 1,286,816, which is still a lot of gun sales.

As noted by NSSF’s Mark Oliva, “August’s figures show there is a clear and steady desire by the American public for lawful firearm ownership. Consistently throughout the year, background check figures for firearm sales at retail have put 2022 on pace to be the third strongest year, behind only the outsized years witnessed in 2020 and 2021.

“August’s figures of 1,286,816 background checks was slightly ahead of July’s that came in at 1,233,115,” he continued. “This also marks 37 months straight of background checks exceeding 1 million. Americans are choosing their gun rights by the millions each month while gun control politicians talk only of efforts to deprive them of their Constitutional rights. They are voting with their wallets.

“Politicians would be wise to heed to will of Americans lawfully exercising their Constitutional rights and instead focus their efforts on locking up criminals that misuse firearms,” Oliva concluded via email.

Perhaps nowhere else could Oliva’s words have more weight than out in Washington State, where the Department of Licensing reported another eye-popping jump in the number of active concealed pistol licenses in a single month. For the second time this year, the agency reported a spike of more than 10,000 active CPLs.

Source: FBI ICS and National Shooting Sports Foundation

August saw 13,293 additional CPLs in Washington, bringing the total to a remarkable 667,260 licenses. In the smallest state west of the Mississippi, with a recent history of voting “blue” due to the liberal politics of far-left Seattle and the Puget Sound Basin, there are a lot of legally-armed citizens, somewhere between 9 and 10 percent of the qualified adult population.

The record was set back in April 2013, when 13,932 CPLs were issued. Back in June of this year, the licensing agency reported an increase of 11,292 CPLs.

According to the 24/7 Wall Street report, Washington came in 12th so far this year for NICS checks, posting 506,674 during the first eight months of the year. While this doesn’t mean that many guns were actually purchased, it does translate to lots more people buying guns.

How that may affect the Nov. 8 election remains a matter of speculation, but Washington is overdue for a political earthquake, with a third-term far-left Democrat governor who wants to follow California’s Gavin Newsom in banning sales of new gas-powered vehicles in the next decade. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, whose green agenda presidential campaign crashed after barely getting off the ground in 2019, is also a gun prohibition proponent who wants to ban so-called “assault weapons.”

The 24/7 Wall Street report listed the top ten states for background checks so far this year, according to its data. Illinois is followed by Kentucky (2,681,745), Texas (1,130,588), Florida (988,563), California (951,008), Pennsylvania (810,491), Indiana (789,792), Utah (678,238), Minnesota (598,080) and lastly, Tennessee (548,996).

For the first eight months of this year, the FBI/NICS chart shows 20,790,489 background checks were initiated. “That is down sharply from 27,841,119 in the same period last year and breaks several years of upward trend,” the story said.

Thanks to a Supreme Court that seems to understand the Second Amendment, and a president who doesn’t, according to many grassroots activists, the trend should continue.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Montana454Casull

Democrats are the best gun salesman we have . They create violent lawless cities where citizens need guns to defend themselves from the criminals Democrats embolden with thier get out of jail free plan .

Patriot Solutions

There is no greater motivation to arms than being governed by self proclaimed leaders

Last edited 26 days ago by Patriot Solutions
swmft

if what these people think they are showing is leadership,I think they are running the titanic and there is one big iceberg coming their way…..strike up the band

gregs

don’t know why someone would down vote your comment.
erudite leaders like we have in d.c. often have a hard time seeing reality as it is, especially in their secure enclaves with their armed security. they don’t live in the real world they created and we have to live in 24/7.

Bruce

They are also getting anti 2nd amendment money.

Patriot Solutions

That’s right, were gonna flip their shit big time and wipe those masonic smirks off their stupid faces. Gonna slap those bitches back thousands of years stuffed with flowers and buried back under their stupid pyramids where they came from.

Last edited 24 days ago by Patriot Solutions
musicman44mag

and stolen election rulers.

Patriot Solutions

I just bought large acreage with a new house and many artisian wells on it where I never have to leave because I paid in cash with no loan and in full so no payments making me 100% debt free with not a single credit card because I dont use them. Their fake rule stop hundreds of yards down my driveway at the gate. One step off the gravel road leading to that gate could be the last.

Last edited 24 days ago by Patriot Solutions
Boom

Congratulations.

Boom

Theres no greater motivation to arms, than simply liking; said arms.

Ledesma

Exactly how many background checks are enough? Because the same liberals that demand ever more “extended” background checks are the same worms that have no intention of trusting anybody with firearms no matter how clean they prove to be.

Russn8r

The only real purpose of gvt-conducted “background checks” is registration & confiscation.

Boom

I’m depressed…some might say, miserable.

This is all I’m gonna say from now on.

Hazcat

Please leave this type of reporting to  Dean Weingarten. He does a much better job of presenting facts and numbers in a clear. concise and easy to read manner.

Jeykell

Facts seemed presented perfectly, very easy to read and clear. I can dumb it down for you people are buying more guns because, a communist cheated his way into office.

Boom

That was pretty mean…some might say, catty.