2020 keeps seeing gun sale records beaten month after month, with an all-time high 3.9 million NICS firearm background checks being conducted in June alone, according to FBI statistics.
So far in 2020, three months have sported over 3 million NICS background checks, more than any previous month since the FBI began recording the statistics 22 years ago in 1998. March saw 3.7 million checks, May say 3.1 million, and June 3.9 million.
3.9 million NICS checks in June. Highest number in the 20-year history of the background check system, and the third month in 2020 with more than 3-million checks. pic.twitter.com/rAfLNO2QEm
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) July 1, 2020
The sales come amid massive unrest across the country incited by the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. (EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s National Guard ‘Surge’ Allowed George Floyd Protesters To ‘Demonstrate Safely,’ White House Says)
June saw the rise and fall of the so-called ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ in Seattle (CHAZ), in which protesters took over a six-block area in the downtown area that police were forced to abandon. Several news outlets reported that CHAZ had a peaceful atmosphere, but residents said otherwise, with violence frequently breaking out after sunset.
Conservative Pundit Meghan McCain argued the spike in gun sales was thanks to the violent riots coupled with protesters calling for the end of police.
Shocked!! Telling people our police force at large will the be defunded while our leaders stand flat footed, no longer able to protect us made everyone gain a renewed appreciation for our second amendment – AND make people want to protect their families….? Shocked I tell you! https://t.co/mvPdNKW2pN
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 1, 2020