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Gun Sales Skyrocket in Oregon Amid Riots, Pandemic

February 24, 2021

Gun sales significantly increased in Oregon last year, amid riots in Portland and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 516,696 background checks were done in the state in 2020, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That’s a jump from the 357,700 background checks in 2019 and 359,682 background checks in the state in 2018. The figures are from the¬†National Instant Criminal Background Check System, where requests for background checks are lodged. The checks are made to make sure a prospective buyer doesn’t have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to purchase or own a firearm. Requests for background checks increased significantly nationwide, with nearly 40 million requests in 2020 compared to 28.3 million the year prior. Oregon represented a 44 percent increase, and almost 1.5 percent of the increase. Some in the state attributed the higher number of sales to the riots that took place in Portland … Read More

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