Existence of more guns increases need for safety

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Guns seem to be selling better than ever this year.

Although no one source tracks all gun sales, one key indicator is the number of background checks done by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Those checks are required for in-store sales, but there are other sales at gun shows and between individuals that do not require background checks.

However, the background checks have increased steadily since the NICS began keeping records in 1998, and 2015 could be the biggest year ever. The number of checks are running ahead of the 2014 pace and on track to exceed the record 21 million checks done in 2013.

We should hope that the sales of gun safes and gun locks are going up, too, but there are many indications that gun safety practices are not keeping pace…

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