The number of firearm background checks conducted in August surged 15% over both the previous month and the previous year, meaning Americans are suddenly buying more guns, just as members of the 2020 Democratic field are proposing strict crackdowns on weapons purchases, and even “gun buyback” confiscation programs.
The Washington Examiner reports that “background checks done for security, concealed carry permits, and gun sales” soared over the summer, making August the best month for gun sales since the National Shooting Sports Foundation began keeping track of how many individuals apply for a federal background check — and thus try to purchase a firearm — per month.
The NSSF does caution that it’s likely not every background check resulted in a gun sale; the background check system exists for a reason, and it does turn down some potential buyers. Individuals interested in purchasing a firearm can also complete a background check but may not ultimately buy a weapon.
“NSSF said that the FBI told it that the overall NICS number for August was 2,341,363,” according to the Examiner. “That is 310,702 higher than July and 268,067 higher than August 2018. The FBI hasn’t posted the number yet on its NICS page.”
The surge, WashEx says, comes on the heels of increased pressure from Congress to stiffen the country’s gun laws. Democratic Congressional leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced last week that they plan on introducing a bill in both Houses to expand federal background checks and create a universal gun registry system that would keep track of Americans owning and purchasing firearms. (Read more from “Gun Sales Surge Following Spike in Anti-Gun Rhetoric from 2020 Dems” HERE)