Under the Obama administration, gun sales faced oppression from overbearing regulations. Under President Trump, however, gun sales have been unleashed, as the Second Amendment is allowed to breathe again.
According to a report by The Washington Free Beacon, gun sales in April were up, according to FBI statistics. Gun-related background checks in April continued to remain high, a trend throughout the early Trump era.
The rise is an indicator of buyers feeling comfortable purchasing guns under a pro-Second Amendment President. It is also a likely indicator of consumer confidence in the growing economy.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran 2,045,564 gun-related checks in April.
An analysis of the raw NICS numbers from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) shows that sales may actually be higher than last April. The group’s analysis strips out NICS checks that are conducted for gun-carry permits or other checks that aren’t related to sales. The analysis found that 1,111,596 checks were related to sales, a small increase from the same period last year.
“The April 2017 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is an increase of 0.04 percent compared to the April 2016 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,111,205,” the NSSF said in a release.
The industry group said its analysis shows that sales aren’t in a slump, as many in the media have proclaimed in recent months.
“Anyone looking to proclaim a continuing sales slump would be wrong based on the best number we have as a proxy for firearms sales for April 2017 compared to April 2016,” Mike Bazinet, a NSSF spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon.
NICS checks remain one of the best gauges for gun sales as they are required on all sales of new guns and nearly all sales involving licensed gun dealers.