In Virginia, there’s a whole host of gun control bills being considered. Worse, there are a lot of things we know Democrats in the Old Dominion state want to do but haven’t acted on just yet. There’s more than enough reason to believe that will change in the near future, though no one knows just how likely any of those later measures will be to pass.
However, from the moment it became clear that the state had flipped blue and that Governor Ralph Northam was taking that as a green light to advance his gun control agenda, Virginians began showing precisely why any attempted ban is doomed to fail.
As tensions mounted in Virginia ahead of the 2020 legislative session, data shows a surge in criminal background checks for gun buyers as pre-filed bills fueled fear that guns would be taken away.
During the month of December, there were an estimated 73,849-gun sales, according to numbers from Virginia State Police.That includes data from gun shows.
That surge was also evident in northern Virginia, there were 8,390 background checks for gun buyers ran in Fairfax County on the day of a gun show.
According to the Associated Press, a review of data that goes back to 1990 shows the surge in December gun sales is only second to December 2012, when 75,120 transactions were recorded.
That spike in 2012 was immediately after President Barack Obama was elected.