March 2021 Set Single Month Record for Firearm Background Checks

A customer looks at handguns in a case as AR-15 style rifles hang on a wall at Davidson Defense in Orem, Utah on February 4, 2021. - Gun merchants sold more than 2 million firearms in January, a 75% increase over the estimated 1.2 million guns sold in January 2020, …
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March 2021 set a single month record for the number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks performed.

FBI figures show 4,691,738 checks were performed in March 2021, beating the previous single month record by over 300,000 checks.

Moreover, March 2021 proved to be the 15th consecutive month of record background checks.

On March 3, 2o21, Breitbart News noted that every month, January 2020 through February 2021, saw monthly records set for the number of checks performed.

In other words, January 2020 saw the most checks of January in history up to that point, February 2020 more than any checks for any February up to that point, March 2020 more than any March until then, and so forth, all the way through February 2021. That was 14 consecutive months.

Now, March 2021 may be added to the list, marking 15 months in a row of record checks.

On March 31, 2021, the NRA claimed President Joe Biden is good at two things: selling guns and driving up NRA membership.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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