NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks for June 2024

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posted on July 3, 2024
June 2024 NICS Background Checks LEDE (1)

The June 2024 National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,059,037 is a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to the June 2023 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,110,696. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2024 FBI NICS figure of 1,958,447 reflects a 9.0 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,152,187 in June 2023.

June marks the 59th month in a row that has exceeded 1 million adjusted background checks in a single month.

The second quarter 2024 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 3,364,270 reflects a decrease of 7.9 percent as compared to the second quarter 2023 figure of 3,654,134.

Twenty-four states currently have at least one qualified alternative permit—which allows the permit-holder, who has undergone a background check to obtain the permit—to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer without a separate additional background check for that transfer. The number of NICS checks in these states does not include these legal transfers based on qualifying permits and NSSF does not adjust for these transfers.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states 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 for sales or transfers of new or used firearms.

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.

For additional information on NICS or to view a complete set of the current monthly reports, please click here.

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