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FBI says skyrocketing demand for guns has broken record for background checks
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FBI says skyrocketing demand for guns has broken record for background checks

The coronavirus has turned out millions of new gun owners

The panic over the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in such a demand for gun purchases that the FBI has noted a record-breaking number of gun background checks.

The FBI says it fulfilled 3.7 million background checks for the month of March, the largest monthly number it has ever seen.

Previously, the record for monthly background checks was 3.3 million in December 2015.

The record set for March is more than one million higher than that from a year previous in March, when the FBI said it fulfilled 2.64 million checks.

Gun store owners have reported a skyrocketing demand for firearms, and many have sold out their inventory. Long lines delay new gun owners, many of whom are frustrated by the gun control laws they face.

Gun control advocates decried the increase and said that higher numbers of gun possession during a time when people are locked in their homes would lead to more gun violence.

Some local governments have attempted to shut down gun shops, while others, like the state of Texas, have defined gun shops as "essential" businesses and kept them open.

Many Asian Americans are also rushing to buy firearms after a rise in racist incidents against the Asian American community in the news.

Here's more about America's strange new respect for the Second Amendment:

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Staff Writer

Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News. You can reach him at cgarcia@blazemedia.com.