Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas

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

Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas
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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. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.

On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

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 National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self defence because police officer numbers were declining.

A spokesman said: "I think there's an increased realisation that when something bad occurs it's going to be between them and the criminal."

But anti-gun campaigners said those who already owned weapons were simply hoarding more of them due to "fear-mongering" by the NRA.

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."

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 record for gun sales in a single day was set in November, on the day after Thanksgiving, when 129,166 background searches were carried out on customers buying weapons.

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

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Comment by JPD on January 2, 2012 at 3:53pm

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Purchased 6 Glock's ($2200 - private sale - drops) this past December at the gun shows.

Wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and a life long lady friend of the family are attending their first Women's Defensive Pistol class ($236) together. They will use the purchsed Glock's but the class is offered to femailes with free pistol rental that comes with a speed loader and hearing protection, only required purchase is 150 rounds each to take the class, they can use from my stash.

Also purchased (private sale) another AK74, and a 22-410 over & under, now both grandsons have one. They really like the 74's - glad ammo is cheap.

Tighter gun control is at least five in the inner ring. 

Comment by Mark Pentecost on January 2, 2012 at 3:39pm

Playing catch-up is always a bitch - better to be prepared ahead of time.  Now just try to find an "un-monitored" location for all the necessary target practice - if, and while, you still can.  It's always better to have a gun and not need it - then to need one and not have it.  Free men own guns - and slaves do not.  BETTER TO BE FREE!

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