By John R Lott
Colorado –-(Ammoland.com)- Gun sales on path for near record sales, Ferguson stories might be helping increase, but sales were already high for the year
The FBI NICS checks are on path for near record sales — probably hitting near 21 million this year. Black Friday sales set a one day record for background checks of 175,000.
The increase mirrors the rise in concealed carry permits. Some point to the unrest in Ferguson, and surely people have seen the importance of individuals being able to defend themselves and their property in the St. Louis area.
One can only wish that the 32-year-old Bosnian who was clubbed to death by a group of hammer-wielding teenagers in St. Louis had a gun for self-defense — there seems little alternative to a gun when you are having to defend yourself against a group of men.
There were other dramatic stories of people using guns to defend themselves.
One particular dramatic and hopeful story involved a group of black men who used guns to defend a Conoco gas station and convenience store in Ferguson that is owned by a white man.
Whether one can point to sales in one month as being driven by what is happening in Ferguson seems questionable, as the above NICS checks numbers in the attached graph have been high all year.
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