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NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees, by state 2020

Number of background checks done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States in 2020, by state

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Source

Release date

January 2021

Region

United States

Survey time period

2020

Supplementary notes

NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase.
This number does not represent the number of firearms sold in the U.S. 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.

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