Despite Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s aggressive gun control measures, state gun sales have hit a new record.
Monday, the NRA tweeted:
NEWS: Virginia Gun Sales Hit New Record Estimated Virginia gun sales based on background checks have smashed monthly records this year. In June, there were 81,204 transactions – the highest total on record for any month since state police began tracking the data in 1990.
NEWS: Virginia Gun Sales Hit New Record
Estimated Virginia gun sales based on background checks have smashed monthly records this year.
In June, there were 81,204 transactions – the highest total on record for any month since state police began tracking the data in 1990.
— NRA (@NRA) July 6, 2020
Richmond.com reports Virginia gun sales soared to historic levels in June, the second record spike in three months, in a tumultuous year marked by the long-term uncertainty of COVID-19, the economic turmoil it brought, protests over racial injustices and activists’ demands to defund the police.
Estimated firearm sales based on mandatory criminal background checks on buyers have smashed monthly records this year — first in March with 80,228 transactions, and again in June with 81,204 transactions, according to newly released figures from the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, which electronically conducts the checks on state retail gun purchases.
The June figure is the highest monthly total on record for any month since state police began tracking the data in 1990. It represents an increase of 157% over the number of transactions conducted during the same month in 2019.
Through June, there have been 410,493 firearm transactions in Virginia in 2020. That’s 74,000 shy of the total for all of 2019, when 484,550 were conducted. If the current trend continues, Virginia will break the annual record of 505,722 transactions set in 2016.
Virginia firearms dealers say they believe a combination of events is driving the sales. At least one national gun control advocate largely agrees.
They say it began with fears that increased firearm restrictions passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly would dry up the availability of some guns and magazines.
Then the coronavirus struck, raising additional fears that the pandemic would lead to a breakdown in public order and economic ruin, which led to the government issuing $1,200 stimulus checks that some used to purchase firearms. The topper was the nationwide protests that in some cases have led to violence and destruction of property.
“It’s a perfect storm,” said Joshua Jennings, owner of Guns, Gear & Ammo in the Danville-Martinsville area.