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NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – America on edge: Covid lockdowns, protests and election strife led to record gun sales

Gun sales sometimes soar within the weeks following the election of a Democratic president, as consumers scurry to buy firearms for concern that the brand new chief govt will fulfill marketing campaign guarantees to tighten laws. But a Washington Post evaluation of gun sales in 2020 finds no such surge in latest weeks. Rather, purchases soared in March and April as the trouble to curb the unfold of the coronavirus led to meals shortages, empty streets and hundreds of thousands of misplaced jobs. Then firearm sales peaked in July, within the weeks after huge protests towards police brutality unfold all through the nation. Sales continued at a excessive charge in November and December, however the numbers didn’t come shut to spikes seen earlier within the 12 months. December gun sales have been the third-lowest of any month in 2020, The Post’s evaluation discovered. “When people are concerned about their personal security, they buy more guns,” stated Phillip Levine, an economist at Wellesley College. “When people are concerned that their access to guns might be restricted, they buy more guns. Last year, we sort of saw both of those things.”  [full article]

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