Several youth groups, including those formed by students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have started to rally in different locations across the country in an effort to stress the importance of gun control. A group called Teens for Gun Reform, which was organized by students through Facebook staged [more]
The FBI has recently released the official FBI NICS Background Check data for January 2018 and it looks like the country's gun sales are continuing its steady decline. According to the recently published data, estimated firearms sales last month fell by 8 percent. Dealers across the country managed to process [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly sent a request for agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve more than 4,000 firearms that were purchased last year. The guns to be confiscated are from owners who should have been prohibited from acquiring them in the [more]
The United States Air Force has announced that it has already launched an investigation to find out why the criminal records for Devin Patrick Kelly, the shooter who killed 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, weren't forwarded to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to application forms acquired [more]
Sutherland Springs, Texas - A lone gunman opened fire inside a church during service in a small town in Texas killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others. The gunman was later identified as 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force. Kelley had [more]
Gun-related shooting incidents have historically caused sudden spikes in firearm sales. The latest incident in Las Vegas, which has been described to be one of the deadliest in the country's history, seems to follow the morbid trend as citizens flock to gun stores to stockpile firearms in case of a [more]
It isn’t clear just yet if the threat of impending nuclear war has something to do with it, but US citizens seem to continually be arming themselves. The latest figures from the NICS background check system, which was recently posted by the FBI, shows that August has set yet another record month, indicating a new norm in the firearm industry’s growth.
According to official reports, a total of 1,925,146 background checks were processed in August, exceeding the previous year’s record of 1,853,815 checks during the same month. Although it has to be noted that not every check translates to an outright sale, the figures still give a rough estimate of how many firearms are being sold nationwide. Some checks also translate to multiple purchases, while others don’t result in a sale at all.
The honor of having the highest number of background checks conducted in August belongs to the state of Kentucky, which leads the rest of the states with 394,719. The state has continually had checks of more than 300,000 over the past eight months. Coming in at second place is California, which managed to get 130,901 NICS background checks. Third place goes to Illinois with 126,901 background checks.
With just four months to go, 2017 is raring to become the second highest year for gun purchases. However, it hasn’t yet come close to the record number of background checks that were conducted last year, which saw a total of 27,538,673 checks. Even with the next four months getting an average of 2 million checks, it still wouldn’t come close to last year’s record.
The extremely high number of gun purchases last year may have been attributed to the neck-and-neck presidential elections and the threat of stricter gun laws. As of August, the total number of checks for 2017 stands at 16,268,794 background checks.