The FBI’s recently released data regarding gun background checks has stunned the nation with setting a new record: For the first time in history, or since the program started in 1998, the FBI’s gun background check program totaled 400 million checks last month, after another 2.7 million gun background checks had been conducted in the previous month.
The number of background checks for gun owners has risen dramatically ever since the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, as well as for other reasons, including the escalating crime across cities and spread of COVID.
The NICS, or the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, stated that the background check system has bene used a total of 400,540,500 times since the first check was performed in November 1998. The NICS had been originally created by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which was originally authored by Chuck Schumer and signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.
The law had been named after James Brady, the former Press Secretary for Ronald Reagan, who had faced an attempted assassination attempt from John Hinkcley Jr. in 1981.
During the first few years of its inception, the NICS system kept records of gun sales, along with other background checks, which spanned to the hundreds of thousands each month. By 2021, the NICS system began hitting sky high records, reaching the highest monthly total in March, with 4.7 million total background checks.
Over the past two years, gun sales and background checks have risen precipitously.
According to Mark Oliva, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, or the industry’s trade association, Americans continue to have “a continued strong and steady demand … to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
— Mark Oliva (@MarkOlivaTweets) August 26, 2021
Oliva added that an additional year of record-smashing gun sales is well within “striking distance,” and he also gave credit to the public for obtaining firearms as Biden continues threatening to block their sales.
Oliva observed that “the continued demand for lawful firearm ownership” is particularly notable since it occurs at a time when the current presidential administration has been “pushing to achieve [its] radical gun control agenda.”
However, “Americans are choosing a different path,” Oliva asserted, acting “upon their God-given right to keep and bear arms over 1.3 million times in August.”
As a result, Americans are sending an explicitly clear message, or “clear signal,” to the Biden administration, Oliva concluded.