Illinois Background Checks Triple in August

Firearms sales are booming across the country… even in anti-gun Illinois. Perhaps people are waking up to the fact that they are their own first responder.


FBI background checks for firearms tripled across Illinois last month as Chicago recorded its deadliest August since 1997.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded 60,745 handgun checks and another 30,602 for long gun purchases, the most ever conducted in Illinois since the federal database rolled out in 1998.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s murder rate has outpaced 2015 with more than 500 homicides to date. Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson told The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday an influx of illegal weapons, gang activity and rampant poverty fuel the violence plaguing the city. He says the department has seized 6,000 illegal guns this year so far.

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