Background checks, ammo and gun sales maintain record pace

Background checks, ammo and gun sales maintain record pace

Brass casings for loading ammunition are for sale on the racks at Duke’s Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) RALEIGH — In 2020, firearm-related background checks, ammunition sales and gun sales all saw record numbers. The pace has continued this year with a record number of background checks performed in January 2021, according to data released by the FBI. According to the FBI’s data , 4.3 million background checks were conducted, which surpasses the highest monthly total since the start of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998. Over 300 million checks have been performed since NICS began over 20 years ago. The FBI’s figures for January show Illinois led the nation with over 1 million checks. Texas was the next closest with over 202,000. A total of 86,017 background check applications were processed in North Carolina — almost a 60% increase over the 53,819 reported in January 2020. Sheriff’s offices across North Carolina struggled with increased demand for permits throughout 2020, many in counties with large urban centers like Wake County. On several occasions last year, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker pointed to the high numbers of applications as explanation for the delay in issuance of pistol purchase permits within the legislatively required 14-day window. According to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), 57,791 purchase permits were issued in 2020, a 373.68% increase over the 15,465 issued in 2019. WCSO Senior Communication Officer Eric Curry said that 2020’s […]

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