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22% of Gun-Owning Households Have Added A Gun Since Anti-Police Protests Began

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NEW JERSEY – Over one-fifth of Americans who have a gun in their household have added one since the Black Lives Matter anti-police protests began in late May and feel safer because they’ve done so.

Forty-three percent (43%) of American adults say they or someone in their household owns a gun, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey.(To see survey question wording, click here.)

Of these Americans, 22% say they or someone in their household has purchased a gun since the violent anti-police protests began.

Illinois is one of four states that requires a Firearm Owners Identification in order to legally purchase a gun. The applications for FOID cards more than doubled over the summer, the Illinois State Police reports.

In June of 2019, the state received 25,359 FOID card applications. In June of 2020, the state received 62,823 applications.

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