Very little shocks or surprises me these days but this did. You probably already know that last month set a new all time record for background checks ( Moar Gunz =/= More Gun Crime ) but I saw something today that breaks down gun sales by states. The number one state in the Union last month, by a huge margin, with over 1 million guns sold accounting for 30% of all guns sold in March?
What? Illinois? That state has horrible gun laws and is by most accounts very gun unfriendly but they are buying guns like crazy. The next closest state was Kentucky with 330,000 then Texas with 222,000 followed by my state of Indiana with 206,000. Sure Illinois has twice as many people as Indiana but they bought 1.4 million guns last month or like 7 times as many guns as we did. I am pretty embarrassed by that. I had to check out the raw data from the FBI and sure enough it tracks. What is more, it is not just last month but every month this year Illinois is way ahead of the rest of the states. Already in 2021 Illinois shows over 3.3 million sales...
Kentucky is the only other state with over 1,000,000 and barely so, Illinois has around triple their sales.
It is still possible to surprise me, I would have guessed that Texas or Florida would have way more in sales. Who knew?