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NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Purchases Are Breaking All-Time Records This Year Due To Lockdowns, Rioting, And Confiscation Threats

As people become increasingly interested in buying and using firearms in the United States since COVID-19 lockdowns began in March and widespread rioting began in May, federal firearm background checks for 2020 reached 28.82 million this month, surpassing last year’s record of 28.36 million. An updated report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 2.89 million background checks in September 2020 alone. The report also demonstrates that July produced the largest number of total background checks, 3.93 million, in the FBI’s NICS history. These background checks are not exclusive to firearm sales, but they are required for gun purchases through federal firearms licensees (FFL), which the National Shooting Sports Foundation reports had a 61 percent increase compared to background checks issued for gun sales in September of 2019. “At this pace, it is possible we could witness more than 20 million background checks for the sale of a firearm in 2020, widely eclipsing the strongest year on record of 2016, when 15.7 million background checks were conducted for the sale of firearms,” said Mark Olivia, director of public affairs at NSSF. Although the September firearm checks appear to be down from other months this year, the NSSF says that the lockdowns played a massive role in the rise in firearm sales, especially when some politicians such as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and West Palm Beach, Florida Mayor Keith James played into the public’s fears by legislating against gun freedoms and even “preventing the sale and public possession of firearms.” “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,” Olivia stated.  [full article]

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