Fe­deral gun back­ground checks spi­ke as elec­ti­on ne­ars

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.

(Was­hing­ton Ti­mes)

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