The past six months have featured record-breaking numbers of firearms sold in the United States, and it doesn’t appear that the trend is slowing down. While the number of background checks reported from Black Friday gun sales in 2014 was an unprecedented 175,000, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer predicted roughly 190,000 for 2015.This would translate into more than two checks per second over the 24-hour period.
The number of background checks does not indicate how many actual guns were sold, just the number of individuals who bought them. If many customers bought multiple guns at Black Friday sale prices, the numbers could be far higher than what FBI statistics suggest.
New Budget Appropriations Law Has Pro-Gun Provisions
On Wednesday the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 was signed, including some significant provisions that support Second Amendment rights. One thing that the new law does is to conclusively remove ammunition from the Toxic Substances Control Act, meaning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not to regulate it.
Another measure seeks to safeguard against terrorist attacks on members of the military. It allows commanders of military installations to authorize certain individuals to carry appropriate firearms on base for security purposes.
Finally, the new appropriations law restores the ability of the Secretary of Defense to transfer surplus military M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to the public, raising much-needed government revenue. These common-sense provisions will protect access to firearms and ammunition by those who need them most.
Craigslist Exchange Becomes Attempted Robbery
A couple in Aiken, S.C., became the targets of a crime when they responded to a Craigslist ad. The man and woman met two strangers with the stated intent of purchasing a vehicle from them, but the men reportedly pulled weapons on them once they arrived and demanded the money they had brought. The woman responded by drawing her own firearm and fatally shooting one of the suspects.
According to WJBF, sheriff’s deputies are searching for the second suspect, whom witnesses described fleeing the scene. No charges have been filed.