FBI: Nearly 52,000 Background Checks A Day Under Obama

DELRAY BEACH, FL - JANUARY 05: Mark O'Connor fills out his Federal background check paperwork as he purchases a handgun at the K&W Gunworks store on the day that U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, DC announced his executive action on guns on January 5, 2016 in Delray Beach, Florida. …

FBI figures for National Instant Criminal Background Check System checks performed during Obama’s presidency average out to nearly 52,000 checks a day.

The total reported number of background checks under Obama’s presidency to date is 141,392,490. Divide that figure by the number of days contained in seven and a half years – 2,737.5 – and you see 51,650 background checks performed daily, on average.

The total number of 141,392,490 is found by adding the number of background checks performed for the years 2009 through May of 2016. The FBI reports those figures as:

  • 14,033,824 (2009)
  • 14,409,616 (2010)
  • 16,454,951 (2011)
  • 19,529,303 (2012)
  • 21,093,273 (2013)
  • 20,968,547 (2014)
  • 23,141,970 (2015)
  • 11,698,006 (through May 2016)

It must be remembered that the number of background checks performed does not necessarily indicate the number of guns sold, as background checks are performed on the buyer rather than the guns he is purchasing. And a buyer can purchase multiple guns upon passing a background check.

For instance, if every buyer purchased one gun, then the number sold under Obama would be 141,392,490 guns through May 2016. But if every buyer bought two, the number sold would be 282,784,980. If they bought three, the number sold would be 424,177,470.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.



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