As crime spikes in many cities and calls to defund the police rise, so too has the demandfor guns -- yet while these trends widely are seen as related, it remains difficult or time-consuming in many of these same places to get a firearm.
Firearm-related background checks reached 3.9 million nationally in June, the most since the tracking system was created more than two decades ago, a sign of booming sales. The FBI conducted 3.6 million such checks in July, the second-highest number on record. Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gunmakers, said the confluence of calls to defund police along with civil unrest and various crime connected to that is "unquestionably ... why this trend is increasing."
Aside from unrest in places like Seattle, chaos erupted overnight in Chicago in response to a police-involved shooting.
But in some of the Democrat-dominated cities taking steps to defund or curtail their police departments, worrying many that response times may be increased as resources are stretched thin, getting a gun for personal protection is no easy task.