Do elections impact gun sales in Texas?

Do elections impact gun sales in Texas?

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Gun laws and gun control have been one of the many hot topics in politics. With the presidential election approaching, could there be a trend every two years, not just in the conversation but an increase in the number of background checks for gun sales? In 2020, federal background checks for gun sales in the State of Texas were up 92% in March while in the midst of the pandemic compared to February, according to FBI data released on April 1. Texas saw 274,211 background checks in March compared to 142,928 in February. Nationwide, the data released also showed there were 3.7 million background checks for gun purchases in March across the U.S. It’s the highest number under the background check program ever, dating back to late 1998. Now, new data released showed that following the increase in March, there was a decrease in background checks for guns in April (197,343) and May (179,192) but another spike in June (227,232). In the months leading to this year’s election, not including October, data shows that background checks decreased from 213,969 in July, to 188,091 in August and 178,136 in September. With the exception of the months following the pandemic, background checks in September were still the highest they’ve been since December 2017. Across the country, in September, there were 2.8 million checks for purchases. Data also showed that five states saw more than double the number of background checks in the same month last year and […]

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