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NICS Numbers Grow

The lamestream media told you:


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 968,145 checks in June 2009. This figure is an 18.1 percent increase from the 819,891 reported in June 2008.

The June increase follows a 15.4 percent rise in May and increases of 30.3 percent in April, 29.2 percent in March, 23 percent in February, 28 percent in January, 24 percent in December and 42 percent in November when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed.

Background checks for the first six months of 2009 totaled 7,035,286, a 24.48 percent increase over the 5,651,584 for the same period for 2008. The total number of background checks reported since the beginning of NICS (1998) is 103,019,294.

The lamestream media has been claiming for years and years there are about 200 million guns in America. With about 100 million sold in just the past decade, even the brain dead can tell the media is just parroting a number without doing any research. At the very least, they should up the numbers from time to time, no? (The same problem exists with illegal immigrant counts, where the 12-million-illegals figure stood for seven years, despite one million new illegals sneaking in annually through 2008.)

Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for doing the legwork on the NICS counts, so I didn't have to.



Joe Huffman

103K NICS checks gives us a lower bound on the number of guns in the last decade. During that time I have purchased many new guns without a NICS checks because I held a concealed carry license. And only one NICS check would be done in the case of multiple guns sold in a single sale.

Joe Huffman

That should have been 103M, not 103K.

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