Americans Buying Guns for Christmas Presents

| by Michael Allen

People in Florida are buying guns for the holidays, possibly as presents, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

The FDLE has seen a huge increase in background checks for gun purchases, especially after the Thanksgiving weekend, which showed nearly 13,500 checks alone.

The FDLE claims it has done 823,000 background checks on firearms purchases as of Dec. 15, with 40,000 from December.

"We have definitely seen an increase in the number of background checks over the past several years," FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews told "You can see November and December are relatively larger [sales]."

National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer believes that holidays sales have helped gun sales in the US, where there are an estimated 300 million guns on the streets.

"I think it's a combination of people wanting to take advantage of sales as well as the gift giving," stated Hammer. "The retailers I talked to... they feel the economy may be starting to recover, or people are relaxing a little more, and are starting to turn loose some of the money they were reluctant to spend. And it's that time of year."

In Virginia, gun sales set a record on Black Friday back in November.

The Times Dispatch reported there were 3,902 gun background checks by the Virginia State Police on Black Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous record on the same day in 2012.

Gun sales in Oregon have also gone up in this holiday season of peace and love.

According to KOIN, a total of 237,460 guns have been sold this year in Oregon, which has some of the weakest gun laws in the country.

"The people who own guns are buying more guns," Penny Okamoto, of the gun control group Ceasefire Oregon, told KOIN.

A 2010 report by the FBI found that most gun homicides in the US are caused by Americans shooting a family member or friend.

Sources:, KOIN, Times Dispatch,