I finally took a minute to check the NICs checks for the month of March and the results are staggering. There were over 2.5 million NICs checks performed last month. More than any any other March since the NICs program began.
The first three months of 2016 have been busier for gun sales than any first quarter ever with over 7.6 million checks. This includes the quarter after the Sandy Hook murders.
Now the obligatory disclaimer: NICS checks do not directly correlate with firearms purchases. There is one check per purchase not one per firearm so many checks cover the purchase of more than one firearm. Not all NICS result in an OK to purchase. Many states do not require NICS checks for those with valid carry permits. The number of NICS checks is generally several percentage points lower than the number of firearms actually purchased.