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 has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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