Try not to yawn at news of yet another huge gun sales month. September saw another 1,350,754 adjusted background checks, a good measure of gun sales activity. That’s far less than a year ago during the height of the pandemic buying binge, but easily the second highest September total on record.
The NSSF’s Mark Oliva had this to say about that . . .
September’s strong showing of over 1.3 million background checks conducted for the sale of a firearm already tops totals seen in 2019, with three months still remaining. To date, over 13.7 million background checks have been completed for a firearm sale, topping 2019’s total of nearly 13.2 million.
September also saw firearm sales continue an incremental month-over-month climb, with over 20,000 more background checks for gun sales than were recorded in August 2021. Firearm sales typically rise during autumn months as hunters get back into the woods, fields and marshes for hunting season and gun buyers take advantage of new models and holiday sales.
It must also be considered that Americans continue to buy firearms for personal protection. The recent FBI Uniform Crime Report indicated that violent crime rose and Americans continue to buy firearms in response to concerns for their personal protection.
Each month since April 2021 has registered as the second strongest month on record for gun sale background checks, only behind 2020, when 21 million background checks were recorded. At this pace, 2021 could be the second strongest year for firearm sales ever recorded.
Did you add to the total last month? If so, what did you buy?
September Adjusted Background Checks Second Highest Ever On News of Higher Violent Crime, Start of Hunting Season is written by Dan Zimmerman for www.thetruthaboutguns.com