Firearm Background Checks Break Records Amid COVID-19 Concerns

by
posted on April 2, 2020
mainemblem_of_the_national_instant_criminal_background_check_system_-fbi.jpg
According to FBI figures, background checks required to purchase a firearm spiked to record numbers last month, fueled partly by fears over the ongoing pandemic. March saw 3.7 million checks conducted, the most since the system was created in 1998, fully eclipsing the previous record of 3.3 million set in December of 2015. Further confirming the trend, spikes in sales corresponded closely with landmarks in the pandemic, such as the nation's first recorded death on February 29, the ensuing school and business closures, and president Trump's social-distancing guidelines. What's more, retailers have reported an overwhelming majority of purchasers are first-time gun-owners.

With such inexperience comes the necessary dispelling of misconceptionschief among these, according to Omaha Outdoors, is the realization that you cannot simply purchase a gun online and have it shipped to your home. According to an article by Andrew Tuohy on the aforementioned website, "Here at Omaha Outdoors, we’ve been inundated with inquiries from out-of-state folks —many from California —asking if we can ship them a gun directly. The answer is, of course, no. Despite what politicians and many in popular media claim, you can’t buy a gun online and have it shipped to your house."

With many states still weeks away from their peak projected number of cases, we can only expect this trend, and the questions that come with it, to continue. While the unfortunate circumstances the world finds itself in will surely increase the number of gun owners in our nation, it is important to ensure such newcomers are educated on how to safely own, store and handle a firearm. Thus if you think anyone you know fits this category, be sure to reach out and help do your part to make sure they join the ranks of not just new gun owners, but law-abiding and safe gun owners as well.

For more information on March's record-breaking background checks, please visit liber.post-gazette.com, and for more on the challenges being discovered by first-time gun owners, check out omahaoutdoors.com.

Additional Reading:
Radians Donates 14,000 N95 Masks
Firearm Industry Federally Designated Part of Critical Infrastructure
Federal Donates N95 Masks to Minnesota Hospitals
Remington Offers Facility in Illion NY to Help State Fight COVID-19 
Ammo Shortage Survival Guide
Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Coursse, Reopens Gun Stores Amid COVID-19 Crisis
A Hunter's Guide to Staying Sane During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Pope and Young Club Cancels Virginia Convention

Latest

Pickled Sausage
Pickled Sausage

Recipe: Pickled Smoked Venison Sausage

Looking for a good snack to take into the blind? Try out Brad Fenson's pickled, smoked venison sausage.

First Look: Rhino Blinds 180 Pro FD

The Rhino 180 Pro FD hunting blind builds on the original Rhino 180 with a multitude of improved features. Constructed of hard-wearing 300D fabric, this hub-style hunting blind features a two-way mesh system that prevents wild game from seeing in, while allowing hunters to see out without obstruction.

Firearm Industry Taxes Total $17 Billion Toward Wildlife Conservation Since 1937

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced in May that firearm and ammunition manufacturers have handed over more than $17 billion in excise taxes to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund since its 1937 inception.

Louisiana Hog Hunting Champions Accused of Cheating

The trickle of outdoor contest winners accused of foul play has continued, with six Louisiana men accused of fraud in two state-run hog-hunting contests.

#SundayGunday: Stevens Model 334 Walnut

This week on #SundayGunday, we’re taking a closer look at the Stevens Model 334, from Savage.

Hunting Suppressed Now Permanently Legal in Vermont

On June 6th, Vermont hunters gained the permanent right to use suppressors in the field when Gov. Phil Scott signed House Bill 878 into law, thus removing a sunset provision installed in Senate Bill 281 in 2022 that temporarily legalized their use.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.