Because the coronavirus lockdown started in March, Texans flocked to gun shops to purchase new firearms and ammunition, setting a document for the variety of background checks performed in a single month.
Companies that recurrently promote weapons are required to course of background checks via the Nationwide Instantaneous Felony Background Examine System (NICS).
Every month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases the knowledge on the variety of checks performed via NICS.
Whereas background checks usually are not mandated for License to Carry (LTC) holders and never each NICS verify equates to a gun sale, the statistic is a sign of the quantity weapons being bought.
In keeping with the FBI, there have been a complete of 179,192 NICS checks performed in Texas all through Might — a 9 % decline from April and a 35 % decline from March.
On the nation-wide stage, background checks elevated from April to Might by about 6 %.
Each on the state stage and nationwide, Might 2020 is a document excessive for the month since NICS first started in 1998.
Beforehand, the Might document in Texas for background checks was shared by the years 2013, 2015, and 2018 at simply over 111,000.
Might 2020 was 38 % increased than that earlier document, a quantity normally seen in December.
Nationally, background checks in Might of this yr elevated by about 23 % from final yr’s document of two.four million to this yr’s three.1 million.
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