July’s top 10 background checks
Estimated gun sales nosedived 26 percent last month after a busy spring for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Dealers processed just over 1.7 million applications through NICS in July, down more than 450,000 from last year — the biggest on record. It was the system’s slowest month since since April 2015. NICS data serves as the best available proxy for gun sales, though it isn’t a perfect one-for-one comparison.
Retailers point to summer’s historical weakness, coupled with a return to normal sales patterns post-election and the anniversary of high-profile mass shootings, to explain away the numbers.
Guns.com analyzed the top 10 states for handguns and long guns to determine what else has changed over the last year.