(National Sentinel) Well-Armed: Much to the chagrin of the gun-hating Left, gun sales appear to have set another record in May, as Americans continue to take advantage of their Second Amendment right to armed self-defense.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, requests to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System, or NICS — a common measure of gun sales — numbered 2,002,992, according to a report posted by the bureau. 

That is more than NICS requests in any previous May in the history of the background check system. The previous record came a year ago in May 2017, when the FBI’s system received 1,942,677 requests. 

In addition, April 2018 saw more requests than any previous April, and March 2018 more requests than any previous March, the WFB noted, adding:

NICS checks are considered the strongest indicator for gun sales because every gun sale made through a licensed dealer requires a NICS check and some states require the checks on used gun sales between private individuals. However, the number of NICS checks does not exactly match the number of guns sold in the United States for a number of reasons. Multiple guns can be sold during a single NICS check, most states do not require NICS checks on used sales between private individuals, and many states run NICS checks on those applying for gun-carry permits.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade group for the firearms industry, the year-on-year increases may be attributable to more permit checks than actual guns sales, though sales of firearms remain at or near record levels.

The NSSF does its own analysis of the FBI’s background check numbers every month, though their figures suffer from the very same uncertainty surrounding the FBI’s underlying sales statistics.

“These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS,” the FBI wrote in its May report. “They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.”

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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