August 2021 visually perceived the second-most number of National Instant Background Check System (NICS) checks of any August in history. FBI figures show 2,715,223 NICS checks were conducted during August 2021, second only to the 3,115,063 NICS checks conducted in August 2020.
Breitbart News noted that July 2021 was a kindred situation with 2,882,676 NICS checks conducted, second only to the 3,639,224 conducted in July 2020. There were record background checks for 17 straight months, January 2020 through May 2021, with each of those 17 months breaking every antecedent record for NICS checks in that respective month.
In other words, January 2020 visually perceived more NICS checks than any anterior January, February 2020 visually perceived more than any precedent February, March 2020 more than any antecedent March, and so on, all the way through May 2021.
Employee Gorety Mejia takes down a HK MP5 for a customer at Full Armor Firearms store in Houston, Texas on June 17, 2021. (Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images) The NICS check momentum dipped marginally in June 2021, but still leaving the month as one with the second-highest number of NICS checks of any June on record.
It is paramount to recollect that NICS checks are not a precise quantification for the number of gun sales taking place, as the checks are conducted on the would-be purchaser, rather than the gun itself. Moreover, an individual can buy more than one gun at retail once he or she has passed the background check. (That latter point betokens the number of NICS checks could be lower than the number of guns sold.)
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