More Americans purchased firearms in January than any other month on record, according to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system.
Firearms dealers conducted 4.3 million criminal background checks in January, an approximate reflection of the number of weapons purchased, the Epoch Times reported.
There were about 4 million background checks in December.
Many factors may have initiated the buying frenzy.
Among them are ongoing restrictions on American economic, religious and social life under the guise of preventing a flu-like respiratory illness; the militarized capital needed to install and maintain the Biden-Harris regime; and the promised war on domestic terrorism, which will target white conservatives.
But the most immediate factor seems to be Biden’s promise to restrict Second Amendment rights.
“That’s undoubtedly connected to President Joe Biden’s plans to attack the firearm industry by undoing and rewriting regulations and executive actions to target the firearm industry,” said Mark Olivia, director of public affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in a statement.
Olivia said Biden’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency suspended the “Fair Access” banking rule, which prevents companies from political discrimination.
With the rule’s repeal, the banking industry could coordinate to deny banking services to firearms manufacturers, dealers, and related companies.
Biden also wants to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which would ban AR-15-style rifles.
“These are jaw-dropping figures to start the New Year. Americans are claiming their Second Amendment rights to provide for their own safety in record numbers,” Olivia said.
Jurgen Brauer, the chief economist for Small Arms Analytics, said the jump in firearms sales reflects a similar phenomenon sparked by Barack Obama’s anti-gun agenda.
The current year “certainly started off with a sales ‘bang’ due to the turmoil surrounding the confirmation and inauguration of Mr. Biden as the new U.S. president,” Brauer said.
“The 79% year-over-year increase, however, was NOT unprecedented—an even higher increase, of just over 100%, was experienced in January 2013, the month Mr. Obama’s second presidential term began,” he concluded.