The pro-gun folks have been stumbling all over each other to repeat the good news that gun sales are up. But in usual fashion, this is largely an exaggerated manipulation of the facts.Thousands of background checks each year result in denials when it is determined that individuals in question are prohibited under federal and/or state law from purchasing firearms. So the checks are run, but the guns are never actually sold.
Another claim is that the total number of gun owners is up. This may be true but not nearly to the extent that they infer. They like to pretend that all the background checks represent new gun buyers. It's just not true.
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