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Gun sales in the United States dramatically boost after massacre shootings

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Gun sales increased 11 percent since last June.

FBI's latest background check data shows the gun industry spiked in sales at about 11 percent last June. There are about 1.53 million background checks done, making it the busiest June ever since the agency started keeping track in 1999, according to CNN. The massive volume consisted of required checks among all in-store purchases, however, it excluded guns bought between two individuals, even those at gun shows.

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Reports indicate that the number of background checks issued have continuously increased since 2003, except for 3 years including 2014, suggesting that gun sales are boosting over the years.


The increase in numbers of female gun owners, as well as the first-timers, are being attributed to the busiest June in the industry. They are partly the reason why the current market is more alive, said National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) spokesperson Michael Bazinet.  

In last year's report by the NSSF, almost 80 percent of gun retailers stated that there was an increase in female customers since 2012.

In December 2012, background checks had a boost of 40 percent amid the Sandy Hook massacre. There are some suggesting that mass shootings can trigger larger sales, after more people are talk about the situation and begin fearing tighter gun control.

After the Charleston shooting massacre of black churchgoers by a 21-year-old, President Obama once again called for more gun control. Some experts have already expressed they see relationships between shooting tragedies and gun sales. May 2015 is said to be the background checks record month compared to data from last year.

Urban Institute criminologist Sam Bieler said that after the tragedies, gun control had a real public dialogue, but "the focus has been on the Confederate flag rather than on new firearm regulation."

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