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NAT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – FBI Background Checks For Gun Sales Have Hit An Annual Record Already, Fueled By Covid-19

With three months to go in the year, federal background checks for gun purchases have already hit an annual record, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the gun industry reporting that the sales surge has depleted inventory of popular firearms and resulted in shortages of ammo. The FBI on Friday reported 2.89 million background checks for September, bringing this year’s nine-month tally to 28.82 million, surpassing the prior annual record of 28.36 million in 2019. September was the weakest month since the Covid-19 pandemic started shutting down major cities in March, flattening the economy and infecting millions, including President Trump, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend. But last month was still the strongest September for background checks since the FBI started conducting them more than 20 years ago. “This has been a year unlike any other, where law-abiding Americans are seeing for themselves the need to be able to protect themselves and their family,” said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry group.  [full article]

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