Soaring gun sales are continuing now that anti-gun Democrat Joe Biden has moved into the White House, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation declaring its “adjusted” figure related to the actual FBI National Instant Check System count to be up a whopping 61.7 percent above the number of background checks for firearms in January 2020.
The FBI’s raw data for January shows 4,317,804 total background checks initiated (although NSSF set the “raw data” figure at 4,288,240 for the month), while the number of checks likely related specifically to gun transactions is 2,052,130. That reflects a 75.2 percent increase over January 2020.
“It can’t be discounted that many of these background checks for the purchase of a firearm are attributed to threats by the Biden administration to enact the most radical and far-reaching gun control agenda ever proposed,” NSSF Public Affairs Director Mark Oliva.
While Biden has vowed to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines,” and institute one-gun-per-month restrictions, he looks destined to become the reason so many people are buying firearms.
According to NSSF, the adjusted NICS data “were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.”
“Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales,” the statement continued, “the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide an additional picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions for sales or transfers of new or used firearms.”
This revelation comes on the heels of reports about a restrictive new gun control bill submitted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee with measures that border on extreme, according to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Gun sales have climbed steadily over the last 11 months, first due to the pandemic panic and then to the riots associated with the Black Lives Matter protests. Also contributing to the buying spree were reports from various jurisdictions about cutting police department budgets.
High sales volumes have also contributed to ammunition shortages with gun store shelves sometimes bare. Last year saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-10 million new, first-time gun owners, and they all bought ammunition along with their new firearms. Ammunition companies are working feverishly to keep up, according to statements from various company CEOs. Still, these manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with demand.