The latest indicator that Virginians did not approve of the democratic efforts to limit their rights to bear arms is the steep increase in firearm sales coinciding with the Dems’ push for more gun control. Recent data shows a 63.4% increase in the number of background checks performed in February 2020 compared to those performed during the same month in 2019.
Last year, a total of 40,381 background checks were performed in February, while this year, 66,000 checks were carried out in the same month. The data released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) also shows there was a significant growth of 16.7% in the number of firearms purchases countrywide. However, this number pales in comparison with that of Virginia, indicating that recent developments in the state had a strong influence on people’s decision to stock up their firearm stash.
Apart from the current increase in firearms purchases in February, data shows that the trend has been consistent for the past four months. In January, there was an increase in gun purchases by 84.6% compared to January 2019. This sharp increase coincided with Dems’ push to pass various gun control data in the state. The same month witnessed a gun rally attended by over 20,000 protestors and the subsequent ban on firearms in the state capitol as well as the declaration of the state of emergency. There were also push by Democrats to ban and confiscate AR-15 style rifles.
Background checks are used to count the number of sales because firearm sales data is not collected. The increase in firearm sales throughout Dems’ gun control push not only shows that Virginians are worried about losing their rights to own firearms, but also that gun ownership remains a serious issue for most of the residents. Democrats have given up on some of their most radical firearm control regulations, while two of the proposed laws failed in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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