March gun sales up 26.3%, e-check NICS requests growing


For the 34th month in a row – nearly three years – national gun sales have increased when compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The NSSF found there were 1,501,730 requests for federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks last month, compared to 1,189,152 NICS checks for March 2012 – an increase of more than 26 percent.

NSSF’s data comes with a disclaimer. Their data does not include private sales, which in most states do not require a NICS check.

According to the FBI, which administers the program, the use of the NICS e-check system is growing.

The program allows dealers to conduct a background check via a secure internet connection, unassisted by a federal staffer.

As of December 2012, there were 4,270 FFL holders enrolled in the NICS e-check system, which processed a total of 1,413,049 requests.




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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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