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NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks For June 2016

The June 2016 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,140,088 is an increase of 28.6 percent compared to the June 2015 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 886,825. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2016 FBI NICS figure of 2,123,334 reflects an 39.8 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,518,852 in June 2015.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide an additional picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns. FBI NICS and NSSF-adjusted NICS figures do not account for firearm sales using approved alternate permits such as a concealed carry license.Several states allow the use of such alternate permits.
It should be noted that these statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold or sales dollars. Based on varying state laws, local market conditions and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.


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