(CNS News) -- There were an estimated 1.8 million gun sales in September, a "a year-over-year increase of 66% from September 2019," reported Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF).
Using the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data and adjusting it for "checks unlikely to be related to end-user firearms sales," the SAAF estimated firearms sales at 1.8 million in September.
That estimate includes 980,000 handgun sales, an 81% increase over September 2019, and 660,000 long-gun/rifle sales, which is a year-over-year increase of 51%.
"All other likely background check-related sales (0.13 million) increased year-over-year by 50%," said the SAAF. "This includes so-called 'multiple' sales where the exact split between handguns and long-guns cannot be determined from the data record."
In a press release, SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer said, “the 2020 year-to-date sales (January to September) now stand at 16.7 million and thereby exceed the previous annual high (January to December) set in 2016 with 16.6 million units sold."
"That said," he added, "the August and September in 2020 increases are the lowest since March 2020.”