CT gun sale activity surges to 5-year high in 2021 on a national firearm-buying wave

CT gun sale activity surges to 5-year high in 2021 on a national firearm-buying wave

Midland Ace Hardware manager of sporting goods Jon Leiner assists a customer in purchasing a rifle Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at the store in Midland, Mich.. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP) NEWTOWN — Gun sale activity climbed to a five-year high in Connecticut in 2021, as gun purchasers rode a national wave of firearm-related buying that saw the second-highest number of background checks ever recorded by the FBI. “These figures we’re seeing for background checks associated with the sale of a firearm would have been unthinkable just five years ago, yet this industry is meeting this growing demand,” said Mark Oliva, director for public affairs for the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation , the firearms industry trade association. “The future seems to be that firearm sales will continue to maintain a pace that is elevated from what was witnessed before 2020.” In Connecticut, which passed some of the toughest gun reform legislation in the country after the 2012 massacre of 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun sale activity often trails the national trend. But 2021 was different. State officials saw an early indication of the gun buying frenzy in Connecticut this summer, when an overwhelmed Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection launched an upgrade of its background check system that caused widespread delays and holds on gun sales, pistol permit applications and firearms transfers. The gun-buying surge continued through the second half of the year. “Increases in background checks were seen in […]

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