Since the Sandy Hook shooting, background checks on firearm sales have nearly tripled in Pennsylvania. Though the state’s background check process has recently improved, this jump is most likely due to a spike in gun sales, as occurred all around the country after the Newtown massacre.
Speaking of which, gun stock-piling isn’t the only response gun owners had to the Sandy Hook massacre (and the inevitable, but actually never going to happen) gun control legislation it will spur. Susquehanna County, in far northeastern Pennsylvania, has passed a law declaring that federal laws restricting gun rights won’t apply to it. That’s not allowed, but at least we know where they stand. [Philly Weekly]