(PatrioticPost.com)- In March, the FBI conducted a record number of background checks for the purposes of firearms purchases.
According to a CNN report, these background checks increased 36% from February to March. Last month, there were roughly 4.7 million background checks the FBI conducted for the purchase of firearms. These background checks do not equal the exact number of firearms that were purchased, but rather the volume of total sales.
This comes at a time when March saw a multiple mass shootings take place — including in Colorado and Georgia. Gun sales typically trend higher when events strike fear into Americans, or when people expect that more gun control is on its way.
Democrats have passed two bills in the House of Representatives that look to increase gun control in the country in the wake of the increase in mass shootings. Democrats are worried that some of the extra money the government sent people as part of the COVID-19 relief bills could be used to purchase more guns.
One of the bills that House Democrats have passed would expand background checks to apply to every gun transfer and sale. That bill is expected to face stiff opposition in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats.
To avoid the Senate filibuster, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to cross the aisle to support the bill.
Following the shooting at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store on March 22 that killed 10 people, including one police officer, President Joe Biden came up in public support of extra gun support. He even said that he would consider using his executive order powers to enact new gun-control measures, if Congress doesn’t pass the measures on its own.
Mark Oliva, the spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Federation, told CNN he believes the threat of gun control in the near future was a main catalyst for the increase in background checks.
Of the background checks, Oliva said 2 million were for new gun purchases. It’s the second-highest number for a month in history. The only month that saw higher new gun sales was March 2020, when 2.3 million guns were sold.
That happened during the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people began stockpiling guns and ammunition, in addition to everyday household supplies.
As Oliva said:
“It is clear that firearm sales in March were driven by gun control calls from politicians to ban entire classes of firearms and enact onerous gun laws.”
What’s more, Oliva said the demographic of gun owners is changing in America, too. Last year’s boost was fueled by women and African Americans who were first-time purchasers of guns.
The ongoing increase in hate crimes aimed at Asian Americans has led to first-time gun purchases from that demographic, too. Oliva commented:
“The face of today’s gun owner no longer fits in the neat little box that some would like to put gun ownership into. The fact is gun ownership in America looks more like the country than it ever has.”