In the 31-day period since the end of Virginia's one-gun-a-month limit, slightly more than 29,000 firearm transactions were recorded—reflecting a 17 percent leap from the last month the restrictions were in place, according to the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center.
Reflecting a national trend, firearm-related violent crime continues to plummet in Virginia as the sales of firearms soar, an indicator reported by a leading state newspaper as particularly inconsistent, "given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws."
Purchases of firearms and ammunition by Americans for personal protection, sporting purposes and hunting in 2012 broke all previous records.
Restrictive new firearms regulations set to become effective in Maryland beginning Oct. 1 have created such a cumbersome backlog within the state's background check system, the State Police announced this week it would temporarily waive enforcement of part of the law's provisions.
Black Friday sales drove record-setting levels of background checks for firearms purchases last week.
Nearly twice as many background checks for firearm purchases during President Obama's first 51 months in office compared with his predecessor.