Tennessee Reports Record-Breaking Gun Sale Background Checks In 2020

Tennessee Reports Record-Breaking Gun Sale Background Checks In 2020

Topline Like many other states throughout the country, there was a record-setting surge in gun sales in Tennessee last year, with newly released data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealing that firearm transactions increased by 53% compared to 2019. A salesman shows off weapons for sale. Gun store owners have been selling out of firearms. (Photo by … [+] Key Facts Tennessee law requires that TBI personnel perform background checks on all prospective gun buyers and individuals attempting to redeem a firearm from a pawn shop. Tennessee’s TICS system has been in operation since 1998, and sales in 2020 alone accounted for more than 18% of all transactions during those 22 years. The increase in background checks in Tennessee exceeded the 40% increase in FBI background checks for gun transactions nationwide in 2020. Pam Beck, the assistant director of the TBI, said that the coronavirus pandemic was the primary reason for the rise in sales, but Beck also noted that national election, civil unrest and " talks of defunding the police , where people feel like they have to protect themselves" all contributed to people wanting to own a weapon. Many states have reported similar record-shattering numbers. Wyoming’s National Instant Criminal Background Check report, released Wednesday , revealed that gun sales were approximately 150% higher last year compared to 2019 and 2018. Connecticut saw a 33% increase over 2019. In Massachusetts , the number of firearm background checks jumped nearly 25%. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced earlier […]

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