Federal law already prohibits those with a criminal record from obtaining firearms, but a newly passed law in New York aims to expand that to include people who had had domestic violence convictions. The new bill, which New York lawmakers have just recently approved along with the state’s new budget, [more]
Ever since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, where the shooter used a bump stock-equipped rifle to kill 58 people, the particular accessory has been under scrutiny. Now, President Donald Trump has announced that he will be banning the buying and selling of the gun accessory to finally end the [more]
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]
The number of firearm background checks, and consequently the number of guns purchased, continues to following an increasing trend as reported by the different gun manufacturers in the United States. The recently reported numbers have revealed an industry wide surge in the demand for firearms and shooting accessories in this presidential election year.
The outdoor merchandise retailer, Cabela’s, had reported a positive sales trend for guns, ammunition, optics, and rifle scopes for the past few months. The company reported that their flattening sales began to experience an uptrend at the end of 2015, which easily set new sales records for them. Smith & Wesson also reported an increase in their net sales for 2016, which was actually about 40% compared to the same period in 2015.
The reports from the suppliers and the retailers also coincide with the recent figures reported by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System who had processed around 1.99 million background checks in September alone. The September background checks are a 10.9% increase over the same month last year. Every month throughout the year was also revealed to be at an all time high over the past years, with 2016 raring to beat the 23.1 million background checks reported in 2015.
Of course the number of FBI background checks that have been run do not really translate to the exact number of guns purchase. Several of the checks are for permit applications and some consumers do sometimes purchase more than one firearm. Despite this fact, the data is used by the firearms industry to track and measure the overall sales within the country. There have also been some discrepancies recently discovered within the FBI’s database as some states have yet to provide their own data leading to the underreporting of checks. Although, even with the absence of these data, the current figures still do reveal a staggering amount of background checks for 2016.