Gun sales up
The number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System background checks in May was the third-highest ever in the federal system’s 22-year history – and that was even before the rioting and violence sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
There have been more than 15 million background checks already this year. If that pace continues, the nation will break last year’s all-time high of 28 million checks, the FBI says.
May’s 3,091,455 background checks – driven largely by coronavirus fears and politics – were the highest for any May on record, and March was the highest month on record, at 3,740,688, the FBI says.
The background checks requests are only a partial measure of gun sales. NICS conducts background checks for those buying firearms only from federally licensed dealers and, in some cases, for those seeking carry permits. The NICS numbers do not include private transactions.
With the constant barrage of television images showing the violence and destruction across the nation over the past few days, one can only wonder at how many more firearms will be purchased this month as Americans prepare to defend themselves, their businesses and their homes.
If there is any good news, it is that such violence must be absolute anathema for the anti-Second Amendment forces on the Left. “Why do you need that gun?” they like to ask. The televised images of riots and mayhem are answer enough, and surely will serve to blunt for the time being, gun control and confiscation efforts.