In May, the FBI reported 2.3 million background checks performed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — the total fell below 2.5 million for the first time since May. October 2019. The total has increased to about 2.6 million in June, but still far. lower than the totals of the same months in 2020 (3.9 million) and 2021 (3.1 million).
Monthly background check figures rose dramatically in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, topping 3.5 million for the first time in March 2020 (3.7 million) and hitting a record 4.7. million a year later in March 2021. 2020 (39.7 million) and 2021 (38.9 million) yield the two highest year-end totals on record, with each increasing nearly 40% from the level. previous high in 2019.
The downtrend started last spring, with background checks dropping steadily throughout the summer before rising in November and experiencing a spike last December and again in March. this year. March and December have repeatedly marked peaks in background check data in recent years.
Despite a marked drop from last year, background checks are still high from a broader historical perspective.
During the first half of 2022, the FBI reported an average of more than 2.6 million monthly checks, the third-highest average for the first half of any year since the Instant Criminal Background Check System. The country was born in 1998, only after 2021 (3.7 million) and 2020 (3.2 million).
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