- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FBI data for the month of June reflects a spike in gun sales that prompted roughly 2.1 million background checks.

A June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, and subsequent calls for new gun laws sent Americans to gun dealers in droves last month. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) processed roughly 600,000 documents more than in June 2015 and has reached records for 14 months in a row.

NCIS notes that “varying state laws” make it impossible to conclude a one-to-one correlation between checks and sales, but the data still shows a sustained effort to acquire weapons prior to the imposition of new laws.

The Washington Free Beacon, which assiduously followed the story over the past year, asked a managing partner at Ammunition Depot about gun sales in June.

“Yes, we have seen a dramatic spike in sales volume (around five times normal levels) especially in the .223/5.56 caliber and to a lesser extent 9mm, .45 ACP, and .308 but the increase is definitely across the board,” Scott Blick told the website on June 23.

The Free Beacon also noted Tuesday that four separate gun-control bills that were voted on in the Senate last month was the strongest legislative effort since 2012.

House Democrats staged a 26-hour sit-in at the Capitol on June 22 in response to a mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub last month, in which 49 were killed and 53 wounded by a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon.

“Eventually this problem will get addressed again one of two ways: We find a breakthrough, which I will seek, or there will be another terrorist attack which will bring us right back to this issue. I hope we can do it without another terrorist attack,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said after Democrats completed their sit-in.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called the Democrats’ protest — which included lawmakers singing “We Shall Overcome” — a “fundraising scheme.”

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