National Gun Control Chatter Spurs Colorado March Sales Spike

National Gun Control Chatter Spurs Colorado March Sales Spike

*Sales figures are based on processed and approved Colorado Bureau of Investigation background checks. The Columbine High School shooting occured April 20, 1999 — before currently available data. Click-and-drag your cursor, or pinch on mobile, to zoom in on a narrower range; reset will appear in the upper right. Driven by increased attention to gun control in the wake of a high profile school shooting and the Columbine anniversary, Colorado gun sales jumped the most in a single month since President Donald Trump took office. Approved background checks in March, a proxy for sales, are up 19 percent over March of 2017. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported 38,785 approved background checks in March, but the spike wasn’t contained to Colorado. The FBI reported a 14 percent increase in background checks nationally. March was a month filled with talk of guns. In February, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. Soon, even Republicans were talking about gun control. The conservative governor of Florida, Rick Scott, signed a bill into law that raised the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, banned bump stocks, and created a three-day waiting period for gun sales. Late in the month, massive March for Our Lives rallies grabbed headlines around the country. One clear indicator that gun control is driving sales is in the breakdown between handguns and long guns. March’s sales jump was led by rifles, which tend to be implicated in most gun […]

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