FBI Fielded More Background Checks for Gun Buyers in June Than Ever Before

The FBI ran nearly 8 million background checks for gun purchases from March to June, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Background checks for firearm purchases in June reached 7.8 million, up 136% from last year. Checks for civilians pursuing a license to carry were the highest recorded in the last 20 years, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the WSJ reported.

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Background Checks, a Metric for Gun Sales, Hit All-Time High

Historic numbers of background checks to purchase or possess a firearm were done in June, a trend in a year marked by uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a subsequent economic recession, protests over racial injustice and calls to reduce police funding.

FBI numbers released Wednesday show that 3.9 million background checks were conducted last month, the most since the system was created in November 1998 to ensure felons and other prohibited people could not buy or possess a firearm. The previous monthly record came in March, when 3.7 million checks were done. Each week in June is now in the top 10 weeks for background checks.

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Mike Gibbon’s Ohio Strong Action PAC is Not Connected to Governor Mike DeWine’s Gun Control Plan Called ‘Strong Ohio’

Governor Mike DeWine announced his promised gun-control package Monday called “Strong Ohio.” The move caused confusion and upset among supporters of Mike Gibbon’s similarly-named political action committee, “Ohio Strong Action.” The two are not connected.

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Cleveland City Council Adopts Resolution in Support of Background Checks Ballot Initiative

The Cleveland City Council held its first meeting Monday night after the summer recess and unanimously approved of a resolution in support of universal background checks statewide.

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Gov. DeWine Calls for Fixing ‘Major Flaw’ in Background Check Systems

Gov. Mike DeWine called for improvements to Ohio’s background check systems during a Wednesday press conference and said that he plans to release a gun-related bill for the General Assembly to consider in the coming weeks.

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Gun Groups Weigh in on Glut of New Gun Control Legislation and Governor’s Plans Following Mass Shooting

Ohio gun groups have weighed in on the glut of new gun control legislation that has been proliferating in the Statehouse since the tragic mass shooting in Dayton earlier this month.

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Attorney General Dave Yost Rejects Petition to Get Background Checks Measure on 2020 Ballot

  Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Thursday that his office has rejected a petition to get a background-checks measure placed on the 2020 ballot. As The Ohio Star reported last week, a group called Ohioans for Gun Safety filed a petition with the Attorney General’s Office to have its…

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Ohioans for Gun Safety Moves to Get Background Checks on 2020 Ballot

  Ohioans for Gun Safety announced Monday that it has filed a petition with the Attorney General’s Office to get a background-checks measure placed on the 2020 ballot. If the process is successful, Ohioans will be voting on the group’s “Act to Close Loopholes in Background Checks on Gun Sales”…

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Ohio House Democrats Unveil Package of Gun-Control Laws

  Ohio House Democrats announced their plans Wednesday to introduce a package of gun-control laws in response to the so-called constitutional carry bill making its way through the committee process. As The Ohio Star previously reported, Republicans introduced a bill in March to bring constitutional carry to the Buckeye state,…

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