Unless you've been living beneath a rock and isolated from all forms of print and electronic media during the past several weeks, you've likely heard or read numerous reports about firearms—more specifically, the seemingly relentless spike in the sales of firearms across the country.
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.
Revealing new data from Virginia dispels many of the myths put forth by anti-gun organizations shows. Gun-related violence in the Commonwealth of Virginia has dropped to period lows, while firearms sales have soared to record levels.
Purchases of firearms and ammunition by Americans for personal protection, sporting purposes and hunting in 2012 broke all previous records.
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."
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.