MPR’s Than Tibbetts has sent along an update of a post I made last January with an increase in gun sales following the election of Barack Obama.
According to the FBI, there have been 110,488 background checks for firearms owners in Minnesota since the beginning of 2009. Over a 10-year period, the state averaged 18,500 checks per month.
The rate of increase in Minnesota is higher than the national average. Nationally, federal background checks are up about 25 percent.
In DC recently, a gun show promoter’s advertisement said, “Come and get them while you still can.”
A story last month on NPR suggested that goes for ammunition, too.
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Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.