Some stats to back up my post a few weeks ago about gun sales trends:

  • Background checks to buy a firearm are up 10.5% year over year.
  • April makes the 23rd consecutive month of rising month over month checks.

The caveat on this: these background checks are used when dealers sell new or used guns, so it’s not a measure of new guns being sold but more of a measure of the general level of activity buying and selling guns (I want to call it the velocity of guns).

That said, it tracks pretty well with what I said: interest and sales for guns have been rising for about two years with no end in sight.