FBI’s January gun background check statistics show people buying firearms at ‘blistering pace,’ expert says

FBI's January gun background check statistics show people buying firearms at 'blistering pace,' expert says

Firearms background checks in US hit record high 00:00 00:0003:55GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay The FBI conducted more than 4.3 million gun background checks in January 2021 – the highest number of checks completed during a single month in the agency’s recorded history – as one expert says the staggering figure indicates a "growing" demand for firearms from the American public. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) completed 4,317,804 total background checks in January of this year, marking the start of 2021 with the highest number of checks conducted in a one-month period, according to agency data . Excluding federal-level checks, such as those conducted for federal law enforcement agents, the bureau conducted 4,288,240 state-level background checks, said Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer. Gun background checks are indicative of sales trends, though don’t translate directly to the number of unit sales. For example, someone can buy multiple firearms at once and have only one background check conducted. A worker restocks AR-15 guns at Davidson Defense in Orem, Utah on March 20, 2020. (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images) The SAAF’s adjusted FBI figures indicate that just over 2.2 million guns were sold in January 2021, a 79% increase from the same month in 2020, Brauer said. In a press release provided to Fox News, Brauer said last month "certainly started off with a sales ‘bang’ due to the turmoil surrounding the confirmation and inauguration of Mr. […]

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