More Guns Than Ever Sold During Month Of Capitol Riots, According To FBI Background Checks

More Guns Than Ever Sold During Month Of Capitol Riots, According To FBI Background Checks

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump gather near the east … [+] More guns than ever were sold in January 2021, especially during and after the Capitol riots, according to background check data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI reported that background checks exceeded 4.31 million in January. That is the largest monthly tally since the FBI started keeping track in 1998, and January is the only month to crest 4 million. The FBI conducts background checks for every sale, or attempted sale, at a federally-licensed dealer, which includes every gun shop in the US. Federal background checks are not the same as gun sales, but they serve as the closet nationwide proxy. The month of January was marked by three critical catalysts for gun sales: a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, Democrats won two Senate runoff elections in Georgia, also on Jan. 6, and President Joseph Biden, a Democrat with an aggressive gun control plan, was inaugurated on Jan. 20 . “It can’t be discounted that many of these background checks for the purchase of a firearm are attributed to threats by the Biden administration to enact the most radical and far-reaching gun control agenda ever proposed,” said Mark Oliva, public affairs director for the gun industry group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “Americans are continuing to purchase firearms at a blistering pace.” The frenzied sales in firearms peaked during and after the Capitol riots, which […]

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