Nearly 1.7 million of these gun background checks had been particularly for gun purchases, based on the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade commerce group that cross references FBI information with precise sales figures supplied by gun retailers to find out what number of weapons are offered month-to-month.
NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva stated the firearms trade offered extra weapons final month than in any April on file.
“April marked 13 months of elevated firearm sales, which have ranged between 1.5 million and 2 million each month,” he stated. “Firearm sales spiked in March 2020 and have remained at unprecedented levels since. It’s a remarkable feat of firearm manufacturers to keep pace with this blistering demand.”
Illinois gun sales
No state has seen extra gun sales this yr than Illinois.
Federal authorities there have accomplished almost 4.3 million gun background checks since January, together with greater than 955,000 submitted final month.
That’s extra background checks than the following 5 states mixed.
Texas, which has greater than twice the inhabitants of Illinois, got here in second, with almost 188,000 April background checks.
The NSSF says Illinois firearms purchases have been significantly inflated thus far this yr as a result of many state residents who had been trying to buy weapons originally of the pandemic have solely just lately been in a position to take action. Te delay was triggered by a backlog in the state’s Firearms Owner Identification system.
“The Illinois State Police were inundated with applications for the FOID card,” stated Dan Eldridge, proprietor of Maxon Shooter’s Supplies & Indoor Range in Des Plaines, Illinois, a standard gun retailer about 20 miles northwest of Chicago. “My attorney and his wife both filed in March of last year and got their FOID cards in the last two weeks.”
“We continue to sell everything that comes into the store within a couple of days,” Eldridge stated. “When people that live in high crime areas hear a lot of talk and even legislative action to defund the police, it’s reasonable for them to take steps to protect themselves.”
Demand for weapons in Illinois could also be even increased than the present numbers recommend. The state shares a border with Indiana, the place the FBI accomplished almost 187,000 gun background checks final month, the third highest in the nation.
Not maintaining tempo with demand
Eldridge and Oliva stated gun sales have been restricted by provide. Since the panemic started, Americans shopping for firearms quicker than gun makers can manufacture them.
“There are a lot of people coming into retailers looking for something and if there’s not something on the shelf, then that sale is just not happening,” Oliva stated. “People are ordering the firearm online and then the firearm is being delivered to the retailer without ever being displayed on the shelf.”
“We’re still at levels that are much higher than they were in 2019, 2018 or other years,” Oliva stated.