Americans are anxious to get their hands on guns.
In and of itself, that’s not terribly surprising. But it is worth noting that the latest data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System appears to show unadjusted checks surged to 3.93 million in June.
As far as I can tell, that is an all-time high.
The pre-2020 record was 3,314,594 in December of 2015. June marked the third month in 2020 that NICS unadjusted checks have topped 3 million.
On any common sense interpretation, this is a response to four factors: The pandemic, the threat of martial law in connection with civil unrest, the civil unrest itself, and, in all likelihood, Joe Biden’s wide lead in the polls (typically, when Democrats lead in the polls, some Americans become concerned about gun rights).
What’s particularly remarkable is that all four weeks in June qualify for the list of highest weekly totals for NICS checks (teal bars denote years other than 2020).
Seven of the top 10 weeks in history for firearm checks have come in 2020, including the week of March 22, during which there were nearly 1.2 million checks, according to the FBI.
As for the “best” days ever, 2020 boasts five of the top 10, all in March.
Americans were clearly concerned when the country was thrust into lockdown mode amid the coronavirus containment effort.
At the time, headlines were apocalyptic, toilet paper was sold out, and the household cleaner aisles were bare.
Meanwhile, shares of Smith & Wesson and Ruger are coming off solid monthly performances, with “solid” being an understatement for the former.
I suppose the question now is whether this trend will continue unabated.
After all, the virus is resurgent, lockdowns are making a comeback, and Donald Trump doesn’t look to be making much progress in the polls.