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WND: Guns of summer: Sales soar across U.S. Print




It's the summer of the gun. Fears of government officials squashing Second Amendment rights drove record sales over the last three months.

The FBI estimates 1.7 million background checks were required of gun buyers at federally licensed dealers in August. That is the highest number seen in any August since the checks began in 1998, USA Today reported Sept. 5.

"Whenever there is a call for gun control, sales increase," said Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearm industry trade association National Shooting Sports Foundation, the newspaper reported. "Unfortunately, this is a pattern that repeats itself."

Figures for June and July reached 1.5 million and 1.6 million respectively. It should be noted, however, that background checks can only provide an estimate of gun sales since multiple firearms can be purchased at a time.

Virginia Del. Patrick Hope, a Democratic member of the state Assembly who called for an expansion of background checks following the Aug. 26 killings of Roanoke reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, said the spike in gun sales was an "over-reaction."

"We're not at all threatening any one's ability to get a gun. What we're talking about here is common sense legislation. I don't think anyone is threatened by background checks," Hope told USA Today.

WDBJ employees Parker Ward were killed on live television by a disgruntled former colleague, Lee Flanagan, age 41.

"I've been a human powder keg for a while ... just waiting to go BOOM," the killer wrote in a manifesto before committing suicide.