As protests raged and the pandemic regained momentum, June gun backgound checks surged nearly three-quarters higher than the same month last year in a new all-time record of 3.9 million checks. One consultant estimates that translates to about 2.4 million gun sales.
Protecting children from access to firearms in the home can lower firearm deaths by an estimated 6 percent, according to a new RAND study. In states which also don’t have “Stand Your Ground” or concealed-carry laws, the total estimated reduction is 11 percent.
The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a nonprofit that tracks incidents of gun violence, says there were 59 mass shootings last month, the highest monthly total since the organization started collecting data in 2013.
Two gun safety groups and the father of a mass shooting victim asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson from using “deceptive and unfair” marketing to promote assault-style rifles.
President Donald Trump withdrew the nomination of Chuck Canterbury, a former top police union official, to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Republican senators expressed concern that he would restrict the rights of gun owners.
Gun stores in several states have ignored orders to close their doors as the pandemic drives historic demand for firearms, according to background check data maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and interviews with shop owners.
A study by the Violence Policy Center issued amid reports of higher gun sales during the coronavirus crisis found that in 2017, there were only 298 justifiable homicides involving a private citizen using a firearm. There were 10,380 firearm homicides the same year.