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TX – RETAILERS – Despite Ammo Shortage, Gun Sales Still Rallying in Texas

Fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, government lockdowns, civil unrest, and a presidential election, 2020 has been a record-shattering year for the number of gun sales in Texas and across America. Available statistics show that the upward trend continues. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that the number of background checks for firearms conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) increased from 3.3 million national checks conducted in October to 3.6 million in November. In Texas, the number of NICS checks increased from 192,000 in October to 197,000. While the state saw a decline in the number of checks for License to Carry (LTC) applications, down from 58,000 to 44,000, the number for long gun sales increased from 45,000 to 56,000. Checks for handgun sales also increased from 73,000 to 78,000. Similar changes were seen at the national level. Both the high state and national totals for the month have set a new record for the number of NICS checks conducted in November. Year-to-date, the nation has seen a total of 35.4 million checks, up by about 10 million or 41 percent from 2019. Even though permit rechecks are not included in the NICS data for Texas — something that accounted for a third of the increase in the country — gun-related background checks in the Lone Star State have blown up at an even faster rate than the nation as a whole. At the end of November 2019, 1.3 million checks had been conducted in the state. This year, that number has reached 2.1 million — a 62 percent increase.  [full article]

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