Everyone who lives or is in the United States is well aware of the first major holiday sales event of the year, Black Friday.
While firearms may not be on everyone’s list for Black Friday deals, apparently there were 187,585 people that had to buy one.
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The 187,545 number is the number of people that had their background run through the FBI to determine whether they were eligible to purchase a firearm.
The background checks are mandated before someone can take custody of a firearm to ensure they are not convicted felons without their rights restored or there is not some type of mental or domestic injunction barring the possession.
The number was provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation which is known as the firearm industry trade association.
The group obtained the number from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System which processed that number of requests on Black Friday.
They noted that it was an increase from the number of checks processed last year which was 186,645. In total, the system has reported 687,788 throughout the rest of 2021.
The President of the Association, Joe Bartozzi, spoke of the increase in number:
“This figure of over 687,000 background checks is truly remarkable. This year has already been shaping up to be the second strongest year for firearm sales on record, second only to 2020’s record-breaking number of 21 million background checks for a firearm sale.
We anticipate, based on annual data, that firearm sales will rise during the final month of the year coinciding with hunting seasons and holiday sales. This figure, though, underscores the appetite for lawful firearm ownership in America and the resilience of the firearm and ammunition industry to meet that demand.”
Gun sales throughout the country were up 15% during the first month of 2021 compared to the same time frame in 2020. That increase is the most that have been seen since sales were mandated to be kept on record in 1998 through the FBI.
The FBI’s reporting shows that the majority of people who apply for purchasing a firearm (legally) are allowed to own one. While there are some out there that may believe that the system is flawed, it is not. This simply means that the majority of people who are applying to purchase firearms meet the federal and state thresholds to own one.
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Since the system was put in place, over 340 million checks have been done by people wanting to purchase a firearm.
Of those, there have been 2 million people that attempted to purchase firearms that were prevented from doing so by some type of law or court order.
While the true reason that a person purchases a firearm may be unique to them, there are two main theories that are prevailing in which researchers believe cause increasing numbers of people to buy a gun.
The first is the civil unrest, mass protests, and riots that happened in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the second is a fear of violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the civil unrest, protests, and riots, many everyday people were concerned about criminals showing up on their doorsteps, destroying their property, and endangering their lives.
Additionally, Democratic leaders were vowing to make owning or purchasing certain firearms, ammunition, and magazines illegal.
In terms of the pandemic, the UC Davis School of Medicine conducted a study regarding the fear of violence that may have been caused by the pandemic. It said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated persistent structural, economic, and social inequities in the conditions that contribute to violence and its consequences.”
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New reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) show the partnership between law enforcement and the firearm industry to reduce criminal firearm retailer break-ins, burglaries and gun thefts is working.
Firearm sales in 2021 remain on a close pace to the all-time record of 2020.
While Americans from all backgrounds are voting for the Second Amendment with their wallets and purses at the gun store retail counter, gun retailers are finding more success at protecting their businesses and communities by stepping up voluntary security improvements.
Results to Celebrate
The firearm industry trade association partners with ATF to provide resources to firearm retailers to reduce criminal break-ins at retail stores.
The Operation Secure Store® (OSS) initiative focuses on five key areas, including Education and Awareness, Assessment and Risk Analysis, Planning and Strategy, Engagement and Response. During the current 18 month stretch of record firearm sales, retailers utilizing OSS resources have seen proven results that are praiseworthy.
During the first six months of 2021, ATF reported 111 firearm retail burglaries that resulted in an estimated 959 stolen firearms. The same six-month stretch in 2020 saw 284 burglaries and more than 3,700 stolen firearms.
These numbers correlate to 61 percent fewer burglaries and a 71 percent reduction in stolen firearms. Every criminal break-in that is thwarted and every firearm that remains secured and out of the hands of criminals means safer communities throughout the United States.
ATF Acting Director Marvin G. Richardson praised the partnership between ATF, firearm retailers and the firearm industry. “This data demonstrates that our collaborative efforts to secure FFL inventories are making a positive difference.
It is yet another way that ATF works diligently to reduce violent crime in our communities.”
NSSF’s Larry Keane echoed Richardson’s sentiments. “This data shows that the firearm industry’s proactive partnerships with the ATF is yielding the results that make our communities safer. This is what effective firearm safety looks like,” Keane said.
Staying the Course
Any stolen firearm is one too many. It’s why the firearm industry doesn’t just work with ATF and retailers to prevent burglaries and thefts, but also offers matching rewards after a theft occurs. Offering rewards often helps spur on community cooperation and encourages anyone with information to help authorities bring criminals to justice.
Speaking after a firearm burglary in Kentucky last month, ATF Louisville Field Division Group Supervisor Adam Nesmith reinforced the importance of this incentive.
“Any stolen firearm is a very serious thing. You don’t want the stolen firearms to end up in the hands of a dangerous person,” he said. “We put those still images out with the reward for information hoping the public recognizes those individuals and let us know who they are.”
Ben Romanoff, General Manager at ACE Sporting Goods in South Strabane, Pa., understands how important personal and family safety has been to law-abiding Pennsylvanians who flooded his store to purchase firearms and get safety education and practice.
Keeping his store safe and secure from break-ins is paramount.
“We’re proud that we provide firearms,” Romanoff said. “The people in our community know that we do all we can to secure our firearms; working with NSSF, working with other dealers, working with law enforcement.”
Retailers across the country are doing their part and the ATF report shows the efforts are paying off.
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