Gun sales soar in Virginia as Dems pass new gun control measures

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 5th, 2020 1:16 pm

Virginia gun sales saw a drastic spike during the month of February amid Democrats' passing of several new gun control measures within the same month.

According to data released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Virginia experienced its largest increase in background checks — a dependable barometer of total sales — performed in February.

Approximately 66,000 background checks were performed in February 2020 — an increase of 63.4 percent from the 40,381 checks in February 2019.

The increase in Virginia gun sales comes on the heels of Democrats' proposal of seven gun-control measures. While five of the measures have already passed, the remaining two await a conference committee.

According to NSSF spokesman Mark Olivia, lawmakers would be wise not to ignore the sales figures when making their decisions.

"Virginians are continuing to exercise their freedoms and voting with their wallets," he told The Washington Free Beacon. "They see that their elected representatives are infringing on their Second Amendment rights and they're buying the firearms they want to provide for their own protection."


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