Despite his weak protests to the contrary, President Joe Biden has proven time and again that he has no respect for the Second Amendment or the uninfringeable rights of gun owners as he incessantly calls for bans on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and other unconstitutional restrictions on firearms.
If the purpose of Biden’s anti-gun rhetoric is to decrease the number of gun owners and firearms in circulation, he has failed miserably, as the FBI recently revealed yet another near-record month of gun sales in August, the Washington Examiner reported.
In fact, according to FBI background check numbers for August combined with adjusted estimates on retail sales from the firearms industry, there has now been 37 consecutive months in which gun sales have topped the one million per month mark.
More than 2 million
According to an FBI release, there were a total of 2,518,137 checks conducted on the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, over the course of the 31 days of August.
Though not quite on par with the record-level number of NICS checks throughout the months of 2020 and 2021, the figure is still well above the previous normal average of background checks prior to 2020, and is the third-highest figure for the month of August ever.
However, just because there were slightly more than 2.5 million NICS checks doesn’t necessarily mean that there were around 2.5 million guns sold last month.
FBI’s NICS background checks vs. adjusted actual gun sales estimates
Pro-gun outlet The Truth About Guns, citing information from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the leading firearms industry trade group, reported that NICS checks can be performed for reasons other than the purchase of a firearm, such as for individuals obtaining or renewing a concealed carry permit, or standard background checks for security purposes, among other things.
Those non-purchase-related checks are thus deducted from the total and then compared with other information from the industry on retail sales to devise an estimate that, while far from being exact, is nonetheless generally regarded as being as close to accurate as possible.
That said, the estimate still tends to be on the low side, as the adjusted figure fails to account for multiple guns purchased on a single background check, sales to concealed carry permit holders in states that don’t require additional checks for such pre-cleared individuals, or private sales that don’t go through a licensed dealer and thus aren’t required to make use of the NICS checks.
With all of that aside, the NSSF’s best guess is that there were likely at least 1,286,816 firearms sold to citizens in the month of August, according to the Examiner.
Americans are choosing more guns, not gun control
“August’s figures show there is a clear and steady desire by the American public for lawful firearm ownership,” the NSSF said in a statement. “Consistently throughout the year, background check figures for firearm sales at retail have put 2022 on pace to be the third strongest year, behind only the outsized years witnessed in 2020 and 2021. August’s figures of 1,286,816 background checks was slightly ahead of July’s that came in at 1,233,115. This also marks 37 months straight of background checks exceeding 1 million.”
“Americans are choosing their gun rights by the millions each month while gun control politicians talk only of efforts to deprive them of their Constitutional rights. They are voting with their wallets,” the group added. “Politicians would be wise to heed to the will of Americans lawfully exercising their Constitutional rights and instead focus their efforts on locking up criminals that misuse firearms.”