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Americans are still buying millions of guns and February rolled in with some of the highest sales and NICS checks ever, according to federal data.

February of this year ranked as the 3rd highest in number of sales compared to past Februarys on record, and it was also the fourth highest for the number of background checks seen in a February since the FBI background checks were instituted in 1998.

Looking deeper at the numbers, 46 percent of the National Instant background Check System (NCIS) checks were for Americans looking for concealed carry permits and carry permit rechecks. That is far lower than the 60 percent of checks that were seen for concealed carry users in February of 2021, according to Ammoland.

It appears that one of the reasons this number dropped so precipitously is that left-wing, anti-gun Illinois reformed its FOID card system which resulted in fewer background checks requested by the Illinois State Police.

Per Ammoland:

  • In February of 2021, there were about 3.44 million NICS checks, total.
  • In February of 2022, there were about 2.55 million NICS checks, total.
  • Those total NICS numbers include all the checks done for carry permits and carry permit rechecks.
  • There were about 1.30 million guns sold using the NICS checks in February of 2022.
  • In February of 2021, there were about 1.35 million sold.
  • In February of 2020, there were about 1.24 million sold
  • In February of 2016, there were about 1.41 million sold

Clearly, Americans are not anywhere near being prepared to acquiesce to the left’s demands that we all give up our God-given right to self-defense.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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