Just how many guns do Pennsylvania residents attempt to purchase each hour, 24 hours a day, on average? 10? 20? Maybe even as high as 50?
According to a report at Pennlive.com, based on figures from the state police’s Bureau of Records and Identification, 213,054 state background checks were conducted for individuals seeking to buy a firearm in the first three months of the year—approximately 97 guns every hour, on average. That’s up from a total of 180,938 during the same period last year.
Also according to the Pennlive.com report, an additional 96,417 background checks were done for those seeking concealed-carry permits, up from 64,640 in the first quarter of 2015. And 1,873 background checks were performed on individuals who sought to have returned guns that were held as police evidence.
Multiple Gun Sales Records Fell In March
An interesting analysis published by NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action reveals that several different gun sales records were set by Pennsylvanians last month.
According to the report, the number of NICS checks conducted in March 2016 was the highest for any March since NICS’ inception. Interestingly, March also marked the tenth consecutive month in which the number of checks was the highest for the month in question.
And that’s not all. The number of checks for the 12-month period ending March 31 was the highest for any 12-month period on record. Lastly, March was also the fifth highest month for checks since NICS’ inception, behind December 2015, December 2012, February 2016 and January 2016.
Armed Atlanta Area Homeowner Stops Intruders
A Fulton County, Ga., homeowner used his firearm to stop three men who broke into his home in the middle of the night last week.
According to local police, the three men broke in through the front door of his home near College Park at about 2 a.m. on Friday. When the resident shot and killed one of the intruders, the other two fled.
Police are still searching for the other two home invaders, who they believe may be armed.