Gun Sales Finally Decelerate To Strongest February Ever, Based On FBI Background Check Data

Gun Sales Finally Decelerate To Strongest February Ever, Based On FBI Background Check Data

A salesman shows off weapons for sale at Coliseum Gun Traders Ltd. in Uniondale, New York on … [+] Federal background checks for gun purchases finally slowed last month after a spike attributed to Capitol riots and President Biden, but it was still the strongest February ever, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI reported 3.44 million background checks for gun buys in Feb. 2021. This is down from the record of 4.31 million in Jan. 2021, but it’s still the seventh-largest monthly tally since the FBI started keeping track in 1998. “Sales have been very, very good, one of the better years we’ve had in a long time,” said Steve “Doc” Wacholz, a former drummer for the metal band Savatage who owns Cherokee Guns and More in Murphy, N.C. “As we make money, we spend money,” he said, having recently purchased a gun range a few miles from his shop. This follows a record year, of 39.69 million background checks in 2020, according to the FBI. While background checks are not the same as gun sales, the FBI data serves as the closest nationwide proxy. Gun sales have been on fire since the pandemic swept through America a year ago. Americans are buying guns for self-protection amid rising crime and violent outbreaks of civil unrest, including the Capitol riots of January 2020. But retailers experienced a significant slowdown in February. Robert Euerle, president and owner of the Parma Armory Shooting Center, a double-deck shooting range in […]

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