This recent Black Friday – the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving wherein Americans try to commercialize Christmas as hard and as fast as they can – apparently set a new all-time record for the number of NICS checks in America:
Tell me again how the "gun culture" is dying – I need something to laugh at.
Additionally, I would like to correct something the NSSF article said, and add to it a bit as well – the NICS check is not mandatory for every firearm sold at retail. Some states –
Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Michigan, and others – allow a handgun carry permit (or whatever those states’ equivalents may be called) to stand in the place of an NICS background check. This only makes sense. The state has already background checked you (quite thoroughly, at that) once, and has concluded that you are responsible enough to carry a firearm in public; why go through the hassle of background checking you again just to buy another gun?
Of course, that raises the amusing question of, "If you already own firearms, why do you have to go through another background check to purchase another firearm?"
Moving on, NICS checks represent, at minimum, one firearm purchase at a commercial retailer. So far as I know, there is no maximum to the number of guns you can purchase per NICS checks (
5+ 2+ handgun purchases in a week five days still have to be reported to the BATFE, though), which means there were at least 154,873 firearms purchased on Black Friday, but, in reality, there were probably a multiple of that purchased. No way of knowing.
Finally, NICS checks are not required for private sales in most states (and rightfully so), and I know there was a gun show here in Knoxville during the whole Thanksgiving weekend… mostly because I worked it, and purchased a new-to-me handgun (pictures to follow… sometime) from a private seller, which is one of probably hundreds of thousands of firearm purchases that will not show up on the above chart.
Now for a bit of fun. Let us pick an arbitrary number – say $750 – for the average value of firearms purchased on Black Friday; a bit high for handguns, a bit low for long-guns. If we assume (incorrectly, but it is an assumption) that every NICS check is equivalent to a single firearm, $116,154,750 got dumped into the American economy on firearms alone that day. Now add in ammunition, holsters, cleaning kits, cases, and other accessories, and you are looking at easily a quarter of a billion dollars. And those "calculations" (such as they are) are based only on the bare minimum of firearm sales we know about; suffice to say the firearms industry is Big Business indeed.
And yet the "gun control" extremists would demolish that not-insignificant portion of the American economy – an economy, I would point out, that is still not recovering – on the basis of their own personal phobias, fears, and bigotry. Hell with that. Even looking past the fact that our individual rights are not open to negotiation, I very much doubt our economy, and the tens of thousands of people employed by firearm and firearm-related accessory manufacturers, would much appreciate that level of idiocy.
But I am quite sure all of those new firearm owners, after having invested potentially thousands of dollars in their purchases, will be more than willing to hand them over should some narrow-minded, intolerant, weak-willed, bureaucratic, petty authoritarian decide it is in their best interests…
(Found by way of No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money.)