MOSCOW, December 3 (Sputnik) — Gun sales have soared in the US in November due to Black Friday discounts and ongoing protests in Ferguson following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, who killed an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown.
Firearm purchases in the US require federal background checks, according to the Brady Law, which went into effect in 1994. Many states, however, do not necessitate background checks for firearm purchases made by private individuals at gun shows, known as the "gun show loophole". Therefore, although background checks do not indicate the exact number of sold guns nationally, they certainly do paint a vivid picture.
In total, the FBI conducted 1,803,397 checks in November out of approximately 18,6 million checks in 2014 through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The figures did not exceed the number of checks conducted in February, or March 2014 (over 2 million respectively). However, the overall trend for the last six months has indicated an increase in gun sales.
Gun sales are fueled by fear and anxiety, often at times of large-scale unrest or mass killings. The FBI conducted the largest amount of checks, namely 2,783,765, in December 2012. That month 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree in Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26 people.