President Barack Obama became “gun salesman of the year” for 2015, with the FBI reporting that it had processed a record number of background checks of those purchasing firearms from licensed dealers.
More than 23 million such checks were made through the National Instant Background Check System, which would work out to an average of 44 checks per minute, assuming dealers were open 24 hours, seven days a week.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The number of FBI background checks is widely considered to be the most reliable gauge of how many firearms were sold in a given month because background checks are required on all sales made through federally licensed firearms dealers. However, the checks do not provide an exhaustive representation of gun sales. Checks are not required on sales between private parties in most states, and a single background check may cover the purchase of multiple firearms by the same person at once.
Additionally, some states perform the checks on those who apply for gun-carry permits.
Gun sales are typically prompted by calls for more stringent gun control measures such as those made by Obama and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, generally after mass shootings.
“A day has not gone by without a major media assault on gun rights or an Obama administration call for new additional restrictions on gun ownership,” said Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. “Americans have voted with their dollars and bought record levels of guns and ammunition.”
This can happen at the state level as well. California, which has some of the most draconian gun laws in the country, just made it easier for law enforcement to confiscate legally-purchased firearms.
Result? California leads the country in gun sales, prompting this response from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 28, 2015
You tell ’em, Gov. Abbott! Watch this report, via CBS News Denver.
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