The FBI processed a record 39.7 million firearm background checks in 2020, and checks are trending higher this year.
Federal background checks on firearm purchases blocked a record 300,000 sales in 2020, new data from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety shows.
The number of rejections are part of a record year for gun sales in 2020, where the FBI said it processed 39.7 million background checks — 10 million more than the previous high.
In addition to sales of firearms themselves, background checks are required for things such as concealed-carry permits and suppressors, and therefore not an exact reflection of gun sales.
Sales in 2021 are already on track for another record year, with 4.7 million background checks in March alone.
Sarah Burd, Adam Winkler, Winkler
FBI, Gun Safety, Associated Press, UCLA