Gun sales in Georgia up sharply in a time of uncertainty

Gun sales in Georgia up sharply in a time of uncertainty

Gun sales are soaring in Georgia this year, with background checks for buyers already far exceeding the total for all of last year. Gun sales are soaring in Georgia this year, with background checks for buyers already far exceeding the total for all of last year. The issuance of licenses for carrying a gun is rising in the state as well, according to probate court judges. Many of the purchases are by people who have never bought firearms before, experts say. The increase in gun sales has raised public health concerns. More firearms increase the risk of more unnecessary deaths and injuries from gunshots, said Dabney Evans, an assistant professor of global health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Reasons for the rising gun sales include general uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest, along with election-related turmoil, Evans said. “There is a lot of insecurity,’’ she said Thursday. “More people are feeling insecure, and many are feeling insecure for the first time. I think it’s worrisome.’’ The FBI conducts background checks to ensure that a prospective buyer has no criminal record that would block a firearms purchase. Through this September, the agency reported 658,000 checks in Georgia, as compared with 539,000 for 2019. The background checks in Georgia surged in June and July, after the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis in late May, which led to a murder charge against one officer and related charges against others. Anger […]

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