Monday, January 02, 2012

Something's Going On


According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.

On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.  --Gateway quoting the Telegraph

That would be 'second' only to Black Friday of this year.

Something's going on here.

Meantime, Owen has an update on CCW apps in Wisconsin:

...As of Dec. 28, DOJ had received 64,832 applications, issued 36,373 permits...

They've rejected only 800 apps, principally due to address mis-matches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a problem only for those who fear an armed citizenry.

Last year's weapon sales average out to about one in twenty US citizens undergoing a background check last year, by my math, and not including repeat buyers during the year. Roughly 3 in 10 Americans own guns of some sort.

Gun ownership is an inalienable right to many Americans. Thugs and criminals will always be able to obtain weapons (as Britain has proven to us -- the most disarmed population on the planet, and yet regular armed robberies, gun violence, and even bombings are never surprising). One cannot be "owned" if one can defend his basic rights, and the final arbiter of human rights will always be the management of violence, and self-defense.