Background checks for gun sales soared to an all-time record in March, reportedly spurred on by President Joe Biden’s threats to increase federal gun regulations, and by a wave of $1400 COVID-19 stimulus checks.
U.S. News and World Report noted Thursday that the FBI reported a record number of gun background checks in March. The bureau “conducted nearly 4.7 million background checks, breaking the record high that was just set in January, another month that was marked with violence and turmoil.”
“March’s background checks represent a 36% increase from February, which saw about 3.44 million checks. Additionally, nearly 1 million more background checks took place last month than in March 2020,” the outlet added.
Although it is not clear whether every background check resulted in a gun purchase — each individual sale is governed by varying state laws, and many buyers may not pass the FBI investigation — an increase in the number of background checks does appear to correlate with an increase