FBI background checks soar; terrorism, gun control threat credited

Firearms on display at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show are still selling strongly.

Firearms-related background checks for July soared above numbers for that month in previous years, and a leading gun rights advocate predicted the trend will continue through at least November.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told the Washington Free Beacon that, “Americans are very worried about their personal safety and security at a time of both heightened terrorism, crime and calls for tougher gun controls including bans on many firearms and accessories by President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton as well as the platform of the Democrat party.”

According to FBI data, July saw 2,197,169 checks done through the National Instant Check System (NICS).

The National Shooting Sports Foundation noted in its weekly Bullet Points that it’s “NSSF-adjusted” figures show 1,210,731 checks, which represents an increase of 27.9 percent over the number of checks done in July 2015.

July was the fourth-busiest month for NICS checks, according to FBI data. February saw a whopping 2.6 million NICS checks, while January logged 2,545,802 NICS checks and March saw the FBI receive 2,523,265 background check requests.

Background checks do not represent the number of firearms sold, the FBI stresses. The raw number only represents the number of firearms background checks initiated during the month.

It is no secret that gun sales have been brisk for many months. The terror attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando helped fuel that surge, and the prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the next president, with a restrictive gun control agenda, is also a contributing factor.

As has been previously reported, the Democrat party platform on guns is aimed entirely at gun control rather than protecting gun rights. In the entire 211-word statement, only a single sentence gives what amounts to lip service: “We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe.”


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