Amid Protests And Virus Fears, Firearm Background Checks Hit All-Time High

The FBI reported that Americans set a new record of 3.9 million background checks to purchase or possess firearms in June.

7/3/2020 9:06:00 AM

The FBI reported that Americans set a new record of 3.9 million background checks to purchase or possess firearms in June.

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System set a record in June with 3.9 million background checks. The previous record of 3.7 million background checks was set in March.

Keith Srakocic/APtoggle captionKeith Srakocic/APThe FBI has reported a surge in background checks for gun sales. Here, firearms are for sale at a shop in New Castle, Pa.Keith Srakocic/APIn a year marked by coronavirus fears, a slowing economy and nationwide protests calling for an end to systemic racism, more and more Americans

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are looking to arm themselves, according to a key government indicator.Thethat Americans set a new record of 3.9 million background checks to purchase or possess firearms in June. That eclipsed the previous record set in March of 3.7 million background checks.

In fact,seven of 1o highest weeksfor the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is run by the FBI and was launched in 1998, have come this year. This includes the first four weeks in June.Illinois registered the highest number of background checks last month, with 706,404. That state was followed by Kentucky (395,188), Texas (227,232), and Florida (210,415). California rounded out the top five background checks with 158,349.

By comparison, Washington, D.C., had 897 for the month of June, while Hawaii tallied 1,660 background checks and Vermont had 4,920, according to the FBI data."Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing," said Mark Oliva of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearm industry trade association.

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Fuck yeah high score Most Republicans already respect the Second amendment and own firearms prior to this. Why such a surge? Maybe even moderate Democrats are seeing the writing on the wall. Why is there a rush to by firearms? Are they planning on shooting the virus and killing it “dead”? They won’t wear a mask, but they are buying more firearms for protection from who knows what!! Says volumes about these folks!!

Dude I know bought a gun back in March because he was convinced that with the food and TP scarcity unnamed 'thugs' were going to break into his house and steal 'food from my kid's mouth'. He's still waiting for the thugs. Any day now. Oh oh ... it's coming. BLM is the reason If Dems won’t let the police do their jobs, citizens are going to prepare to do the job for them.

People still think that holding a gun will make them safer? That forcing someone equally armed to fight or flight will result in anything good? That your deadly weapon will only be used to threaten and not act? That they’re a sensible gun owner, but everyone else isn’t? This is a surprise?! With shootings, riots & murders all up big, this makes all the sense in the world. Not to mention the crazy talk of police defunding!

Ppl r afraid of blm and anarchists So sad! Violence is america’s solution to everything... they love their guns but not thy neighbor So reasonable gun laws work Is the takeaway I’m thinking Antifa and other far left extremists started to rethink their views on gun ownership in the event there really was a revolution? We know how the Right feels about guns — locked, loaded, and ready to go

Why do you think that is? Democrats and democrat mayors and governors giving their tacit approval to rioters + telling police to stand down? That's why we HAVE a 2nd Amendment you fools. Congrats on promoting gun ownership. Good for the American people. Guess we know where nearly 4 million people spent their stimulus money. How idiotic.

People must understand if you point a deadly weapon at another unarmed person it’s against the law and rightfully so! New concept people, talk first, walk away if necessary but leave your gun at home. Stop, think, listen, walk away these people have rights too. NPR doesn’t support police or the 2ndA. All those background checks are new Trump voter.

Makes sense. I’ve had two people in the past week come up to me for no reason and scream in my face because I was wearing a mask. The one guy was definitely trying to start a fight with me. I now conceal carry every day. People are losing their minds. I’m taking no chances. Real life you can double that

It’s interesting how the far right paints liberals as a threat. They are the ones with the guns, so who should be concerned? People prepare to defund police. FUCK! The left's 'defund the police' movement, riots, looting, and anarchy are fueling concerns for personal safety. Great news! Because who needs doctors when you have guns: Trump’s America. Delete the stupidity—Vote.

Boo👎👎👎👎👎 Sure. After listening to NPR one sided broadcasts, Joe American thought it proper to defend themselves from all the liberal lather... The stupidest people and country of the universe... This response should surprise no one. Good people become frighten of lawlessness. Sounds like return to the laws of the Wild West.

Go figure. NPR promotes defunding the police. Refers to arson and looting as peaceful protests and made all white people racists. NPR help make millions of new gun owners and the same amount of new Trump supporters. NPR is better than the NRA at selling guns. Ae gun safety courses also going up? The only virus this is in relation to is BlackLivesMatter

'Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors...' Don't forget the rise of white supremacists terrorist hate groups. White people think they're not threat but people of color do. They have every right to defend themselves also. Keep demanding to defund the police. July will have more.

Cities burning and looted with the police eating microwave popcorn 'Bobby Rush' Reporters need to stop covering the insane vitriol coming from Republicans lately. That’s awesome!! This happens during gun control campaigns as well TributeProjects how to even respond. 'In a year marked by coronavirus fears, a slowing economy & nationwide protests calling for an end to systemic racism, more & more Americans are looking to arm themselves, according to a - key government indicator' - ? so gun sales are a key indicator?

_CharlesPreston This is America The more Americans shoot each other, the less covid there will be. Buy 2 And guess what? These aren’t Trump voters. mslibrty so about that chain link fence with razor wire... The weird part of things like this is that it's rarely from people who don't have guns buying them. It is usually from people who already have guns panic buying more guns.

I hope none of them get approved. Yep i finally purchased a gun including all my family members thank you Trump Does anyone else see ' REDFLAGS '? I sure as hell do! Sad Looks like the gun debate is over. The country has proven it's pro gun Economy is not doing so bad after all. Do 3 million of them show the name “Karen” ?

WTF!! When white conservative Americans are scared, they turn to their beloved firearms. There is a reason for that. Just look around. If Democratic administrations, or the prospect of one, are so good for gun sales, then maybe the NRA should switch sides? arming up for tRump's race war. Are we safer with more guns Texas was the state with the highest number of registered weapons in the United States also has the highest number of firearm murders

I guess all our problems are solved now Good So much fear mongering. 1) 2A debate is now dead 2) keep rioting and looting it helps maga and gun sales 3) These have to be NEW gun owners cuz the 20M firearms owners were set before these past 3 record gun sale months...5M firearms in 2 months is a huge tell...revolution will NEVER happen.

What’s the problem? If you think that's impressive (or frightening, depending on your views of gun ownership by private citizens) wait until November through January...and yes, I was one of that number last month. Sick! HELLO? Disarm hate. by giving everyone more than a fair chance What the hell is wrong with Americans my god stupid and dangerous the worst combination

Defund FAKE NEWS MEDIA NPR!!! I just might join this list, not sure how these good Christian folks will be acting. Seems fitting that these two articles should follow each other on my feed... Humanity desperately needs a reset button Defense yourself! Defense your rights! It’s AmeriKKKa after all!! Heck yeah!

White people are FLIPPING OUT. lol As civil unrest unfolds. People are getting more educated on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and their God-given rights. You’re welcome BLMers and police reformers. Now you’re gonna have to contend with defending criminals who get popped under “stand your ground” and “castle doctrine” laws.

Shoot the virus! Wait. Background checks for guns are going through but there is a several months wait for passports? Really? It's not the Protesters we are concerned about. It's the Gun Owning Racists - who have never had a Gun Safety - Anger Management Class.... I prefer Baseball Bats and Strategy over gun toting idiots. They're so easy to fool. Big Words - Gum them up.

Snowflakes and assholes mostly. How many of those own 2 or more firearms already? How many firearms make an Arsenal? Reminder: there should be a national registry! Wtf Is there anybody left who doesn't have a gun? Can’t imagine why. 🤷‍♂️ 🤦🏻‍♀️ Trump’s fans getting nervous about the election outcome... Wild Wild West

And traces every bullet thats missing lead! Jokes on everyone : it was all Marxists Only in America America just keeps making the best headlines! All bought legally. Whats the problem? Great....... 👏👏👏👏 Great news 👍👍👍 This is absolutely the best response to covid-19, definitely much easier and more sensible than wearing a mask (mah raights, right?). I hope you all have really good scopes and tiny bullets to shoot the virus.

Frankly, this is awesome. ThanksDemocrats!😂👍 Even the normies are waking up and beginning to realize how valuable 2A and the US Constitution is. All thanks to AntifaTerrorists and BLMTerrorists 🤣👏🇺🇸 Libs are the best commercial for the 2A movement. I wish this was trending in the opposite direction.

That they did. Im hearing ammo is being bought out fast as it comes off the trucks Imma get mine soon, the gun debate was over after the riots started. Ah yes, just in case anyone survives the virus. This should end well

FBI firearm background checks set another all-time record in JuneThe FBI conducted more than 3.9 million background checks associated with the sale, transfer or permitting of firearms in June, making it the highest month on record for background checks since the bureau began keeping statistics in 1998, new data shows $swbi Finally some good news. Makes sense consider Dems politicians want to abolish police while hiring private security for their own protection and personal safety. Keep pushing for anarchy and that number will rise, pendejos!

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