Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Can't Keep Up

 TTAG is reporting that the FBI says that the NICS system is having trouble keepinng up with background checks for gun purchases.

In recent years, the FBI — which manages the system that vets gun buyers — processed an average of 8.6 million gun background checks annually, according to historical data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight. But last year, the bureau processed 12,761,328 background checks, according to FBI data obtained by FiveThirtyEight through a public records request.

 Gun sales have surged since April 2020, thanks, at least in part, to the pandemic, protests last summer for racial justice and the election of President Biden in November. The FBI data shows how the background check system has struggled to keep up. And, at this point, it’s unclear when the problem is going to get better.

They can't keep up with what they have now.  You notice that in the last several months, the rhetoric about "universal"" background checks has died down.  Americans are buying lots of guns, and that is a good thing.

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