Gun sales are surging in a surprising state
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS - APRIL 08: A customer purchases a gun at Freddie Bear Sports on April 08, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. President Joe Biden today announced gun control measures which included stricter controls on the purchase of homemade firearms, commonly referred to as Ghost Guns and he made a push for national Red Flag legislation and other measures. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Concerns about looming gun control legislation and rising crime continued to fuel gun sales in America throughout the month April, according to industry observers.
Nearly 1. 7 million of those gun background checks were specifically for gun purchases, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group that cross references FBI data with actual sales figures provided by gun merchants to determine how many guns are sold monthly.
NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said the firearms industry sold more guns last month than in any April on record.
"The Illinois State Police were inundated with applications for the FOID card," said Dan Eldridge, owner of Maxon Shooter's Supplies & Indoor Range in Des Plaines, Illinois, a popular gun store about 20 miles northwest of Chicago.
April gun sales across the nation were down 25% from March, which set a new record for monthly gun sales thanks to a series of high-profile mass shootings that spurred President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress to push for passing new federal gun control measures that would expand background check requirements and limit or ban future sales of so-called assault weapons.