According to a brand new FBI report, 2,243,030 background checks were conducted through the National Instant Check System (NICS) on firearm purchasers in November 2015—topping the previous record set in November 2013 by more than 200,000 and representing the seventh straight month for record gun sales in the United States.
Capping the record was Nov. 27—Black Friday—when NICS checks shattered the single-day record with more than 185,000 background checks in the 24-hour period.
The record-breaking trend began in May, then has continued through June, July, August, September and October. As gun-ban advocates continue calling for more restrictive gun laws, it appears that many Americans are answering those calls by heading to their local gun shops.
Car Buyer Fights Off Armed Robber
After two men made arrangements to buy a car advertised on the Internet, they went to meet the sellers. But things quickly turned ugly.
At the meeting, the alleged seller, 22-year-old Brandon Johnson, pulled a gun on the buyers and tried to rob them. Instead, one of the victims turned the tables, drawing his own gun and shooting Johnson several times.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the car buyers were not taken into custody.
N.M. Homeowner Shoots Intruder
After someone threw a brick through his window and was trying to enter his house, a Roswell homeowner dialed 911 and grabbed his handgun.
When the intruder continued trying to enter the house, the homeowner shot him once in the abdomen. Police responding to the incident found him waiting for help on the homeowner’s porch.
Neighbors later told local media that the intruder was a 38-year-old man who was drunk and lives next door. No charges had been filed at the time of this report.
Gun Owner Chases Off Burglar
It was a classic case of an American gun owner protecting himself and his family without ever firing a shot.
A family was watching a movie in their Newton, Kan., home last weekend when they heard someone moving around upstairs. Unbeknownst to them, someone had broken into their house and was looking for things to steal.
When a family member went upstairs to check, the intruder began to scuffle with him. But after the homeowner brought out his handgun, things calmed down quickly.
“As soon as he saw the gun, he was gone,” Lt. Scott Powell with the Newton Police Department told The Kansan.