The Month of May marked the first time in 2016 that NICs checks fell below the two million mark. It was the first time in the last seven months that they fell below two million. However, with 1.9 million checks performed this is by far the busiest May on record. The previous record May (2015) saw 1.58 million background checks; over 289,000 fewer than the new record month.
Just as an FYI, the average gun sales in May prior to Obama’s election was 621,012. Less than one third of last months record. The previous record May was less than half the new record.
I could be wrong but in the months leading up to the elections in November I think we will see even more records broken…
How good a gun salesman is President Obama? Check out this infographic:
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.