Guns flew off store shelves after shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, last month that left more than a dozen people dead in each attack. Those shootings coincided with a pair of gun-control bills passed by the US House of Representatives. Also, millions of Americans received thousands of dollars in stimulus checks last month, which helped contribute to the boost in gun sales.
About 4.7 million Americans initiated background checks for gun purchases last month — a 36% increase from February, according to the FBI. Although background checks do not directly correlate to sales, they serve as an indication of Americans’ volume of firearm purchases.
It’s not unusual for gun sales to rise after mass shootings as firearms aficionados, fearful that gun control measures might limit their purchases, to stock up.