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.

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source: http://www.guns.com/2017/08/23/upgraded-nfa-transfer-system-could-shave-months-off-wait-times/

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