Conn. --- Despite an ever-worsening economy and slumping retail sales, firearm
sales increased in February, continuing an upswing that began after November's
the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) show
background checks on the sale of firearms jumped 23.3 percent in February when compared to February 2008. The increase follows a 28 percent rise in January, a
24 percent rise in December and a 42 percent jump in November, when a record
1,529,635 background checks were performed.
continuing increase in firearm sales coincides with an ATF announcement
yesterday that firearm retailers may continue to photocopy the Form 4473 the
federal document required for purchase of a firearm from a licensed retailer --
in its entirety ;until they receive requested backorders from the Distribution
background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing
firearms from federally licensed retailers. These checks serve as a strong
indicator of actual sales.
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November, sales of firearms -- in particular handguns and semi-automatic hunting
and target rifles -- are fast outpacing inventory," said Steve Sanetti,
president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade
association for the firearms and ammunition industry. "Americans are clearly
concerned about their ability to be able to purchase these products in an
reported 1,259,078 checks in February, up from 1,021,130 in the same month a
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