FBI Fielded More Background Checks for Gun Buyers in June Than Ever Before

by Kaylee Greenlee


The FBI ran nearly 8 million background checks for gun purchases from March to June, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Background checks for firearm purchases in June reached 7.8 million, up 136% from last year. Checks for civilians pursuing a license to carry were the highest recorded in the last 20 years, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the WSJ reported.

“With the pandemic, it’s driven more by fear for personal safety; it’s people who haven’t been interested in the past,” Jacquelyn Clark, Bristlecone Shooting, Training, Retail Center and Gun Range co-owner, told the WSJ.

The sales of handguns used for personal protection have increased, with nearly two handguns sold for every rifle or shotgun, according to federal data, the WSJ reported.

Individuals previously critical of firearm ownership are among the surge of new buyers, the WSJ reported. A survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found dealers project around 40% of sales are to first-time buyers, an increase from the normal average.

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Kaylee Greenlee is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.







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  1. Ron Welch

    The right to armed self defense is the most paramount of rights. Without the right to acquire, keep AND CARRY arms, you are at the discretion of someone else and must trust “the tender mercies” of the wicked. That is especially true of those who would take it from us while keeping it for themselves. It’s always been the way of slavery, tyranny and death.

    “The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.” –James Burgh, 1714-1775, English statesman (before England devolved into disarmed barbarism)