Gun background checks hit single-month high in March
The FBI conducted 4,691,738 background checks for firearm sales this March, a single-month record for the U.S.
Why it matters: The surge in background checks may be a result of gun control bills recently passed by the House and gun restriction recommendations by President Biden in the wake of three mass shootings in March.
Context: Last month, the House passed a bill that would require background checks for all gun purchasers.
- Congress passed another bill aimed at closing a loophole that allows firearm dealers to complete sales after three days if a buyer's background check has not been finished by the FBI.
- Biden urged the Senate to pass the two House bills and called on Congress as a whole to renew bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
By the numbers: Of the top 10 days for most background checks in the country's history, six were in March 2021, according to FBI data.
- The FBI performed 236,295 background checks on March 17 alone — the busiest day for checks in U.S. history.
The big picture: A gunman killed four people, including a 9-year-old boy, in Orange, California, on March 31.