Gun Sales in July are the Highest on Record

Last July, according to the FBI-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), had the most calls into its background-check database for any July in NICS’ 17-year history.photo from Windigo Images

The trend is still up for gun sales. Last month, the FBI-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), had the most calls into its background-check database for any July in NICS’ 17-year history. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, its “adjusted” figure for the month was 946,528 background checks called in. Now, a background check doesn’t necessarily mean a gun was sold. It could even mean a person bought multiple guns. But this figure is seen as a good indicator of the volume in gun sales. As this was an increase of 15.9 percent over the July 2014 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 816,588 calls into NICS, it clearly shows interest in guns is still high in the U.S.

The increase in gun and ammo sales also translates into more excise taxes going to the states for wildlife conservation programs, to maintain and build gun ranges, and more. According to the NSSF, the latest Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection report released by the Department of the Treasury indicates that firearm and ammunition manufacturers reported tax liabilities of $177.2 million in the first calendar quarter of 2015.