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Gun sales spike in wake of mass shootings

Posted on AllSides August 18th, 2022
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Amid the calls for stricter gun control measures that tend to follow mass shootings, FBI firearm background check data suggests gun sales rose in Texas, Illinois and New York in the wake of shootings that collectively killed 38 people.

In New York, federal firearm background checks rose 54% from May to June after a gunman opened fire in a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 people.

Federal background checks are often used to gauge gun sales, but it isn’t a direct translation. The reports provided by the FBI represent the number of firearm background checks that...

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