FBI Confirms That Gun Sales Skyrocketed During Pandemic

The spike in firearms sales has not slowed down in the slightest, with July 2020 being one of the strongest months for gun purchases ever recorded, as reported by CNN.

The FBI confirmed that it conducted over 3.6 million background checks for firearm purchases in the month of July. This makes July the third-highest month for such background checks and corresponding purchases in the history of the FBI’s record-keeping, which began in 1998. Over 2 million background checks were conducted in July of 2019.

The total is only a slight decline from the month of June, which set the record for the biggest month ever in gun purchases, at 3.9 million background checks, followed by March’s 3.7 million, the second-highest ever. Over the course of the last five months, the states that have consistently seen the most purchases are Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and California.

The spike in gun purchases has been directly tied to both the strict lockdown measures associated with the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the race riots, carried out by far-left terror groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that began in late May in many of America’s biggest cities. Although both the pandemic and the riots have mostly died down compared to their respective spikes a few months earlier, firearms sales are hardly slowing down, reflecting a continued cautiousness and widespread distrust in both the government and American society as a whole.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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