Idaho gun sales going strong

Gun sales in Idaho increased by double digits last month despite continuing market softness nationally.

Dealers processed nearly 15,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in September — an 18 percent increase over 2016 and up 12 percent from August alone, according to federal data. Background checks serve as an industry-accepted proxy for gun sales, but the measurement isn’t precise. calibrates the data to more accurately reflect gun transfers by removing permit applications from the total amount collected by the FBI.

The adjusted tally suggests Idaho dealers sold just under 9,000 guns last month — 15 percent above August and on par with 2016, the biggest on record for gun sales. Likewise, gun sales in August eclipsed last year by 15 percent.

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