Recent gun sales in Illinois are at an all-time high and some gun shoppers say they’re not surprised.
Reports show Illinois State Police conducted more than 400,000 background checks in 2015, that’s twice the amount of background checks a decade ago.
Many new gun owners say they would’ve never thought about buying one several years ago. But, things have changed. “I’ve been interested… for a few years now,” said owner Tina Burton. “[But], with everything going on the in the world and the way things are changing, I want to be able to protect myself.”
Officials say the number of guns sold could be higher because some transactions involved multiple guns. Federal investigators say gun sales also increased nationally.