September 2019 saw 10 percent more gun sales than September 2018, according to two analyses of background check data released this week.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, estimated there were over 1 million gun-sale background checks last month, a 10 percent increase over September 2018.
“The September 2019 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System figure of 1,011,636 is an increase of 10 percent compared to the September 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 919,979,” the trade group’s analysis said. “For comparison, the unadjusted September 2019 FBI NICS figure 2,189,028 reflects a 15.5 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,895,841 in September 2018.”
Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, an industry consulting group, found similar results in its own analysis, with gun sales increasing 10.7 percent over September 2018. It also found that handgun sales increased 11.6 percent and long gun sales were up 7.2 percent. All other sales, including situations where more than one gun was purchased during a single background check, were up 24.7 percent.
The surge in sales comes as Democrats running in the 2020 presidential primary have floated a variety of new gun control schemes. …
(Reporting by Stephen Gutowski.)