Florida Firearm Background Checks Nears 1 Million Mark for 2013
This just in: Florida LOVES guns.
Last month came the figures that showed Florida was on its way to breaking an all-time record in statewide gun sales.
And with gun sales come background checks. Sometimes, anyway.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a record 1 million background checks have been done this year.
This news comes exactly one year after it was announced that Florida was officially number one in the most people with concealed weapons permits in the U.S.
So basically, Florida is on pace to literally own all of the guns.
The total number of background checks for 2013 is so far at 823,653. This pretty much blows away the previous record of 797,610 total set in 2012 with a proverbial high-powered assault rifle.
Weirdly, the report also says the agency ran an all-time high of about 13,500 checks during Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, Thanksgiving weekend ran 200 or so.
According to WEAR-TV (ABC Channel 3), the number of gun sales was heavier at the beginning of 2013 after the debate over gun control went supernova following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook.
And, according to the Sun Sentinel, gun shop owners confirm that the surge in gun purchases was jacked up following Sandy Hook last December.
"Everybody under the sun was purchasing weapons," said Les Wexler, owner of K&W Gunworks in Delray Beach.
That momentum didn't last long.
"After Sandy Hook, it went nuts. Then it slowed down," said Gary Lampert, a managing partner at National Armory, a gun store and range in Pompano Beach.
It eventually quieted down a bit. But obviously not enough to quell the oncoming record-breaking numbers.
Some wacko walked into an elementary school with an assault rifle and murdered little kids, and Florida's reaction was to BUYY MOARR GUNNZZ..
Keep on Floridaing, Florida!
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