DAYTON — Even with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the country, 2020 saw a large increase in gun sales, breaking the previous record.
Last year the United States saw 39 million federal background checks for gun purchases. That number greatly surpasses the previous record of 28 million.
One would typically get their concealed carry permit, or have it renewed, at the county Sheriff’s office. When the pandemic forced businesses and government buildings to shutdown Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck ended walk-in CCW applications.
“We did not have any space that allowed for 32 people to show up and wait in line,” Streck said.
In their place, he set up an appointment system. That system resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of new licenses issued, as well as licenses renewed from 2019 to 2020.
© 2021 Cox Media Group