The FBI has released its latest report on Active Records in the NICS Index as of 30 June 2013. NICS now contains the records of 22,610 renunciants who have been stripped of the right to purchase firearms in the United States. (None of them actually tried buying last month anyway, according to the federal denials report.) This is an increase of 413 since last month, 1,106 during the quarter, and 1,956 so far this year. Based on past trends there should be about four or five relinquishers for every six renunciants, meaning that somewhere around 750 people gave up citizenship last month in one way or another, if the FBI didn’t miss any — hard to verify, since the names on their list are not public.
Various upcoming data releases this month may provide a useful basis for comparison. South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be publishing not just their annual diplomatic whitebook (whose previous iteration revealed that 2,128 South Koreans gave up US passports or green cards in 2011), but also their biennial report on the status of overseas Korean populations. And of course, by the end of the month we are supposed to have the Federal Register quarterly name-and-shame list — though there is a high chance it will not be merely late but also laughably incomplete, just like last year when the FBI recorded 4,650 renunciants alone but the IRS named only 932 renunciants, relinquishers, and long-term-green-card-abandoners combined.