Gun-Buying Surge
Sets New Record


While almost everybody was focused on the police re-capture of Seattle’s so-called “CHAZ” zone back on July 1 after the six-block area seized by anti-police protesters had been held for three weeks of lawlessness, the FBI dropped a bombshell the gun control crowd tried hard to ignore.

The National Instant Check System (NICS) recorded another record month for initiated background checks that eclipsed the 3.7 million figure reported in March.

June saw 3,931,607 total background checks, and even though the figure does not represent completed gun sales, it was impressive, nonetheless. Not only was it the highest number of checks ever for the month of June in the history of the NICS system — it was the most checks initiated ever, period.

According to CNN, the states with the highest NICS volume were California, Florida Illinois, Kentucky and Texas.

(Source: FBI National Instant Check System)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) adjusts the data to more accurately reflect the actual sales of firearms, resulting in an equally eye-popping figure. According to the NSSF estimate, there were 2,177,586 checks related to gun sales in June. In comparison, June 2019 saw 924,054 estimated gun sales.

According to NSSF Public Affairs Director Mark Oliva, “The FBI sends out raw data. We adjust for only those checks that are coded for the sale of a gun.”

Still, he observed, “The sharp increase in Americans buying firearms in June continues a trend we saw start in the spring. Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing.

“Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety,” Oliva added. “It’s entirely reasonable that law-abiding citizens are exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm to protect themselves. Our nation’s elected representatives should take heed of where their constituents are on gun ownership today. Politicians who entertain notions of defunding police departments are the same ones who call for strict gun control and even outright confiscation.

“These figures aren’t push polls,” he stated. “They are representative of Americans from all walks of life who are taking action and taking responsibility for their rights and their safety.”

‘Qualified Alternatives’

Interestingly, according to NSSF’s Oliva, 25 states currently offer what he called “at least one qualified alternative permit.”

What does that mean? In these states, the carry permit allows the permit holder to buy a gun from a retailer without a separate additional check and the reason is simple: the gun owner has already gone through a check in order to get the permit/license in the first place. The irony is that this is allowed under the Brady Act.

This raises the question why other states that have concealed carry licenses aren’t able to do this. A check is a check, right? Why should anyone who passed a background check to carry a defensive sidearm have to endure yet another check anytime they buy a new gun during the effective lifespan of the license?

Strong Second Quarter

Something else reported by the NSSF was overall activity during the second quarter (April-June) of 2020.

The NSSF-adjusted NICS figure for checks related to gun sales hit 5,451,599, representing an increase of 92.8% over the first quarter. If gun control advocates think they’re winning the debate, they ought to seek counseling for living in denial.

The country has gone through very trying times during the past four months (this actually got started in February), first because of the COVID-19 pandemic and then the demonstrations and riots in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis in late May.

Private citizens who may never have owned a gun were apparently scared by the disease outbreak because they either thought police would get sick and be unable to protect the community and/or society might collapse. Recall an earlier special report by Insider Online done with gun retailers who estimated upwards of 30-40% of their sales were to first-time buyers.

It’s Not All Handguns

We have a confession: Insider Online is a sucker for .22-caliber rifles, and the folks at Ruger recently unveiled a new incarnation of the universally popular 10/22 that ignited the salivary glands.

Ruger’s new configuration of the 10/22 Takedown features a “Stealth gray” Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock that includes an integrated storage compartment in the grip and a hinged storage compartment that holds up to three spare 10-round rotary magazines. And, by the way, the gun comes with those three spares, along with the magazine in the action, for 40 rounds of smallbore firepower.

The stock has a MOE SL non-slip rubber buttpad and a “unique locking interface to attach the barrel assembly to the receiver when being transported.”

Takedown is simple and the disassembled rifle will fit in a backpack. Why didn’t Ruger cook this up when I was a lot more nimble for long hikes and hunts in the fall?

The 16.4-inch stainless barrel features precision rifling with a 1:16 right-hand twist, threaded muzzle and a satin finish to match the receiver. The barrel is topped with a fiber-optic front sight and an adjustable rear fiber-optic sight, but also boasts a combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and .22 tip-off scope mounts.

Overall length is 35 inches and it hits the scale at 4.2 pounds empty. MSRP is $529.

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