These Are Raw NICS Numbers But Still Wow!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services released the NICS background checks for the month of June 2020 yesterday. June was the highest month on record going back to November 1998.

For the month, the FBI conducted 3,931,607 checks. That beat the previous high in the month of March 2020 by almost 200,000.

Now remember these are raw numbers. Some of the checks were for carry permits, some were recurring checks for stuff like FOID cards, and many sales do not require a NICS check due to the purchaser holding a carry permit in certain states. Nonetheless, most probably were for firearm sales.

I can’t wait to see the NSSF adjusted NICS checks for the month. They should be available early next week.

UPDATE: Flight Doc asked for a link where he could enlarge or download the above chart. It can be downloaded as a PDF here.


3 thoughts on “These Are Raw NICS Numbers But Still Wow!”

  1. Don’t forget 13 states that don’t used the federal NICS system at all, a couple of those are very high population states like CA, IL, and NJ.

    1. I just put the link into the update. You can download the data as a PDF.

      As to making the graphic larger, I did try to do that before I posted it.

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