CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A record 50,000 South Carolinians sought to either buy guns or carry concealed weapons during December.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the statistics come from the FBI criminal background check system. The spike came when President Barack Obama indicated he would seek to tighten gun control measures this year. It was the busiest month ever in South Carolina. 2015 was second only 2013 when sales spiked when some worried there would be more restrictions on gun purchases after the shootings Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There was a total of 327,000 checks last year.
The 50,000 figure for December does not indicate the exact number of guns sold. Some people’s requests are refused while some people buy more than one gun.