FBI background checks for firearms, as adjusted by the NSSF, were up 0.7 percent in May to 910,910 compared to the May 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 904,834.

For comparison, the unadjusted May 2019 FBI NICS figure 2,320,918 reflects a 17.0 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,983,346 in May 2018.

May’s figures come after April’s adjusted checks were down 6.9 percent. The first quarter 2019 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 3.41 million showed a decrease of 8.5 percent.

Checks in January 2019 improved 3.4 percent, the first year-over-year improvement since March 2018.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks and permit rechecks used by states for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. NSSF started subtracting permit rechecks in February 2016.