MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gun dealers in Minnesota attribute a surge in firearms sales to anxiety over the coronavirus, civil unrest and the uncertainties involving the presidential race.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota in August of 2019.READ MORE: Maple Grove Man Convicted Of Murder In Wife's Shooting Death
This year, there were nearly 35,000 in the same month. Gun shop owners say the surge in gun and ammunition sales began in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic lead to panic buying, as it did with some household supplies.READ MORE: ‘Our Business is Down Over 50%’: Deadly St. Paul Bar Shooting Impacts Surrounding Businesses
George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May and the protests and violence that followed only accelerated gun and ammunition purchases.MORE NEWS: None Hurt After Shots Fired Inside Plymouth Movie Theater
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