Why the surge in gun purchases in New Jersey?

Leah Mishkin, Correspondent | January 18, 2021 | Social
Gun shops are finding it hard to keep their shelves stocked

Michael Anestis, executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center says that people in New Jersey “are purchasing guns at a rate that we just have never seen before.” According to State Police, 442,214 residents applied for a gun permit in 2020 compared to 102,270  in 2019, a more than 300% increase.

As a result, there are big delays in background checks and processing of paperwork. And gun shops are finding it hard to keep their shelves stocked. Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports on the surge in permit applications and gun purchases.

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