Americans Bought Record Number of Guns for Christmas

Record numbers of guns were bought by people in the U.S. during December, it has emerged.

Americans bought record numbers of guns last month amid an apparent surge in popularity for weapons as Christmas presents. Photo: jacq_kellie/Flickr

While there are no accurate statistics for national guns sales, the leading indicator for sales is the number of federally required background checks.

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.

But according to Daily Mail, in just the last six days before Christmas Day, there were almost half a million checks.

And the second busiest day in history was recorded two days before December 25 with NICS running a total of 102,222 background checks.

FBI spokesman Steve Fischer revealed that the vast majority of people passed their background checks with just 1.3 per cent of the searches resulting in people being denied permission to buy a weapon.

The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.

Explanations for America’s surge in gun buying include that it is a response to the stalled economy with people fearing crime waves.

Another theory is that buyers are rushing to gun shops because they believe tighter firearms laws will be introduced in the future.

The new figures will no doubt prove controversial for those looking to lessen the amount of guns which are stored in American homes.

Since the near-fatal shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by a deranged gunman in Tucson, Arizona last January there have been increasing calls for tighter gun control, reports The Telegraph.

Miss Giffords survived being shot in the head with a semi-automatic handgun, and six other people were killed.

A spokesman for The National Rifle Association said: “I think there’s an increased realisation that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”

He added that people were concerned about self defence because police officer numbers were declining.

A spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said: “The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns.”

“All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined,” she added.

Dave LaRue, of Legendary Guns in Phoenix, Arizona, said Christmas sales were up 25 per cent on the previous year and ammunition sales were also “brisk”.

He said: “There are a lot of people concerned about pending gun legislation and the sense about the current administration. People think future availability will be limited and there’s a feeling of get it while you can.”

The Blogmocracy suggests that the Occupy Wall Street lawlessness thatpeople have seen over the past several months is a serious incentive to owning a weapon. The Occubums clearly have no regard for the rights of private property owners.

The ownership of firearms by law-abiding American citizens is a right that is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

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