With more than 1.8-million concealed carry holders in the state, you might have assumed that every Floridian who wants a firearm has already purchased one, but new background check numbers for the state make it clear that there are plenty of Floridians who’ve picked up a gun for the first time in their lives over the past couple of weeks.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were more than 13,000 firearms background checks performed on March 20th, which was far higher than the number of checks performed on March 20th, 2019.
That’s compared to the 2,600 plus it ran on the same day last year. That’s nearly a 400 percent increase.
The state points to the coronavirus as the reason why.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement doesn’t know how many guns were sold in that period.
It tracks background checks, but not actual gun sales.