The FBI says gun sales are soaring. Data from its National Instant Criminal Background Check System showed a record 3.9 million background checks were conducted in June, surpassing the previous record of 3.7 million in March.
Criminal background checks are up over 38% in 2020, with three of the top four busiest months ever occurring this year. In fact, the 19.1 million investigations done over the first six months is almost as many as were performed in all of 2012, when 19.5 million background checks were done.
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Shares of the biggest gunmakers have hardly budged on the news. Smith & Wesson Brands (NASDAQ: SWBI) is down less than half a percentage point today, while Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR) is up less than half a percentage point.
That's likely because the FBI's data has already been baked into their share prices. Smith & Wesson, for example, has quadrupled in value since its March lows, while Ruger has doubled. FULL ARTICLE