The NICs number are in (actually have been in for a while) for June and they are, once again, pretty staggering. There were 2,131,585 background checks in the month of June. That is more than in any June, ever, and by a lot.
The previous record month for June (2015) was 1,529,057. This June broke that record by over 600,000 checks. Let that sink in for a minute, the previous record was broken by almost 40%…
Some of this is definitely tied to the seemingly endless talk of increased gun control in Washington and a lot of this tied to the terror attack in Orlando. One local gun range offered a free License To Carry class for member of the LGBT community. Instead of one class, they ended up offering twelve. Literally, hundreds of people from that community reacted to this outreach in order to be better able to protect themselves. There was still more demand for the classes but even with an outpouring of volunteer assistance that was all the range could handle.
People are afraid and as a result are arming themselves in order to better protect themselves.
I can’t say I blame them.
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.