According to a story from couton2.com, the ATF says background checks for firearms in South Carolina jumped a whopping 25 percent since the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015 and since.
In July, 25,017 checks were performed, up from 20,763 the month before. More than 32,000 background checks were performed in November alone, and 48,614 were processed in December after the San Bernardino shooting, the story says.
Overall, South Carolina saw the second most background checks in the state’s history in 2015, just under 327,000. The only year that trumped it was 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook shooting, with 335,000 background checks.
It’s become a repeating pattern throughout the country—after mass shootings and announcements from politicians calling for tighter gun laws, gun sales and concealed-carry permit applications soar.
“I think the citizens feel rightly or wrongly that the federal government is going to be more restrictive on the right to own guns,” said Dr. Clair Wofford in the story, “so they go out and buy guns.” Wofford is a constitutional law scholar at the College of Charleston, the story says.
“If (sales are) motivated by the sense that if they don’t buy these guns they’re never going to have access to a gun again, then that’s an over reaction, because the right to own a gun is not going away,” Wofford said in the story.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation processes background checks through the NICS system. The number of NICS checks do not directly correlate to gun sales, because those numbers don’t reflect background checks that bounce back in the negative, or individuals who purchase more than one firearm with a single NICS check.
If they FBI doesn’t process a background check within 72 hours, a gun retailer may proceed with the sale.