Dothan gun show

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - As we get closer to the 2020 election, numbers show more people are getting background checks on gun purchases.

The Dothan gun show gives attendees a variety of firearms and accessories to choose from.

"It's a way for everybody that can get out and see in one place a bunch of different guns that they may not be able to see at other places” said Ryan Wells, promoter of collectors and shooters.

Gun owners hope to get the best deals on guns that catch their eye.

"You can buy, sell, or trade here as long as you pass the background check” Wells said.

By the end of November more that 25.4 million background checks were conducted by the FBI.

That's a strong indicator of gun sales here in the United States- putting 2019 on pace to beat the record of background checks set just 3 years ago.

That record of 27.5 million background checks came under the last full year President Barack Obama was in the White House.

“With Trump in office it seems like things have been down, but I guess they're buying more at box stores now than they are from the local mom and pop gun shops” Wells explains.

Shawn Wilkins thinks the record could be broken this year.

“I believe it'll probably happen. It's funny you should say that I applied for one the other day and they had so many going on that I had to wait a couple of days to get it back."

Wilkins believes the message of the Democratic candidates is what's causing the spike in background checks.

“Most of them say they're going to force some kind of gun control. So i believe that while people have the opportunity, they're buying now."

When asked if gun owners should be worried that the Democratic candidate would infringe on their Second Amendment rights should they win the 2020 election-

“I believe they would try to. I don't really think they would be able to do that much” Wilkins exclaimed.

This year on Black Friday the FBI ran over 200,000 background checks.
Equaling one every 4.85 seconds.