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NICS background checks performed in the U.S. 1998-2018

Number of background checks performed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States from 1998 to 2018

by Erin Duffin, last edited May 17, 2019
NICS background checks performed in the U.S. 1998-2018 This statistic shows the total number of background checks performed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States from 1998 to 2018. The NICS background checks are used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. In 2018, a total of 26.18 million background checks have been registered by the FBI.
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Number of background checks performed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States from 1998 to 2018

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