Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reject ten cases dealing with challenges to various gun control laws will have a big impact not only on the immediate future of carry laws in restrictive states like New Jersey and Maryland; bans on commonly owned firearms in Massachusetts; and quirky infringements on the right to keep arms like California’s microstamping law, but also on the 2020 elections as well. President Donald Trump will undoubtably be highlighting the large number of judicial appointments he’s made during his election campaign, but with the seeming reluctance of Chief Justice John Roberts to join the conservative wing of the court in striking down draconian gun laws that prohibit the average American from exercising their right to bear arms, it’s more crucial than ever before to ensure that the next president doesn’t the chance to replace a Justice Thomas or a Justice Ginsberg with appointees who reject the plain meaning of the Second Amendment’s text.
While the president will be making the case for four more years in order to secure and strengthen our Second Amendment rights, Americans aren’t waiting for SCOTUS to weigh on. They’re already exercising their rights in record numbers, with an estimated 2-million new gun owners since January of this year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Recent months have seen record high numbers of NICS checks, and in Virginia, where I live, we’ve seen multiple spikes in sales since Democrats took control of the legislature last November and immediately began pushing sweeping new gun control measures.
FBI statistics show that criminal background check requests submitted for gun sales in Virginia during the first five months of this year are up 77% over the same period last year.
Robert Marcus, the owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in downtown Norfolk, said he’s seen gun sales jump many times during the three decades he’s owned the store, but never like this.
“It’s incredible,” Marcus told The Virginian-Pilot. “There are are a lot of extraneous things going on now that have caused guns to become very desirable.”
Gun purchases first began to increase late last year, when Democrats won the majority of Virginia’s legislative seats and vowed to pass more restrictive gun laws, Marcus said.
Then in March, the coronavirus pandemic caused many to fear it would lead to civil unrest. Stimulus checks provided by the federal government also made it easier for some to fund their gun purchases.