The National Shooting Sports Foundation released their adjusted NICS checks for December 2015 on Monday. Let’s just say that if I had an investment that went up that much I’d be ecstatic! Compared to December 2014, the NSSF-adjusted NICS checks rose 37.6%. This wasn’t the highest December on record – that was December 2012 – but it missed hitting the all-time December high by only about 2,000 checks out of over 2.2 million.
The December 2015 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 2,235,560 is an increase of 37.6 percent compared to the December 2014 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,624,524. For comparison, the unadjusted December 2015 FBI NICS figure of 3,308,199 reflects a 43.7 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,301,386 in December 2014.
You can see the increase graphically below. Look at December 2015 and December 2012 in particular. Both months saw a tremendous surge in anticipation of more gun control coming from the Obama Administration. People were buying firearms while the getting was good.
The firearms industry and those that hold Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Vista Outdoors stock are probably saying, “Keep talking big guy”.