According to a report titled “After Trump’s election defeat, gun background checks set a record high” published by US “Newsweek”, gun background checks in US in December, 2020 were more than in any month in the past 21 years. In 2020, the number of gun background checks in the United States has repeatedly hit new highs, with the data in December becoming the highest of this year.
Before 2020, this record was set in December 2015. The number of background checks in the month reached 3314594. However, this record was broken for the first time in March 2020, and then another record was set in June 2020. In December 2020, 3,937,066 surveys were conducted, an increase of 34% over December 2019. This may be at least partly due to President Donald Trump’s defeat in the election.
According to the report, the increase in December 2020 is not entirely surprising, as background checks usually increase at the end of the year. Background checks can generally indicate gun sales trends, but due to the different laws and purchase conditions of each state, these data do not represent a one-to-one relationship.
The number of gun background checks in 2020 has increased by about 40% compared to 2019. In October 2020, the head of media relations of the National Rifle Association, Amy Hunt, said in an interview with reporters that the epidemic and the upcoming election were the “main factors” for the “historical increase” in gun support.
Hunter said: “In 2020, Americans saw politicians use this epidemic to restrict their rights, close gun shops and temporarily allow prisoners to leave prison. Then, we saw that in the call for the withdrawal of police, the United States Riots broke out in the streets. Americans usually buy more guns before the election because they worry that an anti-gun politician will soon take office.”
The report also said that in contrast to the National Rifle Association’s support for Trump’s re-election campaign, the organization gave President-elect Joe Biden a low score of “F”. Biden announced plans to restrict people from buying only one firearm per month and re-enact the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
After Trump won the 2016 election, gun sales declined. But as Biden will take office in January, gun shops see an increase in interest. Corey Klaus, the owner of a gun shop in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, said he was unable to meet customer needs, in part because the supply chain had not fully recovered from the damage caused by the epidemic.
The report quoted Klaus as saying: “Business is already very good. And our difficulty is that our inventory may be about 20% less than the usual.”