Gun sales are surging in a surprising state

Gun sales are surging in a surprising state

New York (CNN Business)Concerns about looming gun control legislation and rising crime continued to fuel gun sales in America throughout the month April, according to industry observers. The FBI conducted more than 3.5 million gun-related background checks last month, a 20% year-over-year increase from April 2020, according to the latest FBI figures released Monday. Nearly 1.7 million of those gun background checks were specifically for gun purchases, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group that cross references FBI data with actual sales figures provided by gun merchants to determine how many guns are sold monthly. NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said the firearms industry sold more guns last month than in any April on record. "April marked 13 months of elevated firearm sales, which have ranged between 1.5 million and 2 million each month," he said. "Firearm sales spiked in March 2020 and have remained at unprecedented levels since. It’s a remarkable feat of firearm manufacturers to keep pace with this blistering demand." A customer purchases a gun at Freddie Bear Sports on April 08, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Illinois gun sales Federal authorities there have completed nearly 4.3 million gun background checks since January, including more than 955,000 submitted last month. That’s more background checks than the next five states combined. Texas, which has more than twice the population of Illinois, came in second, with nearly 188,000 April background checks. The NSSF says Illinois firearms purchases have been greatly inflated so far this […]

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