Data from the FBI shows that last month set the record for firearm background checks for April returns since the beginning of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998.
The FBI reported that there were 2,911,128 background checks turned in during April. The closest any other April came to that figure was the 2,334, 294 requests made in 2019.
April’s numbers come on the heels of the March numbers which broke all monthly records for background check requests.
March this year shattered all one-month records with 3,740,688 background checks filed with the NICS, the most ever on a single month.
The two months came amid the run of ammunition and related firearm materials during the same months.
Firearms retailers have noted that the run of firearms and related materials was massive over the last two months.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” gun store owner Kyle Olsen told Breitbart News.
“He noted that the sales surge eclipsed what his store witnessed in January 2013, a time when Joe Biden was pushing numerous post-Sandy Hook gun controls for Barack Obama,” Breitbart News reported.
A recent report by the BBC noted that many Americans are using their coronavirus relief cash to buy guns and ammo, too!
For some Americans, a cheque from the government is not a lifeline but a bonus that can be put toward discretionary rather than essential expenses.
Paul Headley, a reader from Annandale, Virginia, told the BBC he would spend his stimulus on a Tavor SAR rifle. The Israeli-made firearm retails at $1,990. Mr Headley and his wife have both received their government cheques.
he nearly $2,000 price tag gave him pause on making the purchase before, Mr Headley said, but “the stimulus cheque is making the out-of-pocket easier to justify”.
Now there is a good American!
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