Federal gun background checks spike as election nears
Clinton has campaigned on a platform of stricter gun controls, essentially daring groups like Mr. Pratt’s and the National Rifle Association — which has endorsed Mr. Trump — to come after her. “Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone,” says one NRA ad. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, noted that the number of background checks is up, but said that’s a normal effect of politicking, not a signal of underlying changes in buying patterns. “There is no problem with gun sales that go through a background check, which is what the latest NICS data tells us about,” said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the group. “The uptick around elections correlates with the NRA leadership’s marketing of fear about how the election could affect gun rights.” Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, cited a CNN report this week that said an executive at the gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger and Co. said rising sales in the third quarter were likely bolstered by the presidential campaign.