With firearms sales soaring nationally, Texas gun dealers have been seeing a more modest increase in sales, suggesting steady sales, according to this story from the Dallas News.
In Texas, 146,982 NICS background checks were requested from the FBI in November, the highest monthly total this year. But it was only a 6 percent increase compared to the national spike of 24 percent from November 2014 to this past November, the story says.
There were about two background checks per second on Black Friday, racking up a national total of 185,345, but Texas reported just 16,287. That’s a decrease from last year’s total of 17,828.
The story points out that most attribute the spike in sales in part to a reaction to mass shootings in the past year and new gun control legislation passed by several states in recent months.
“Maybe they fear that legislation will be passed and they wouldn’t be able to purchase firearms down the road,” said Jim Curcuruto, research director at the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “I don’t think that’s much of a problem in Texas.”