So Many People Are Buying Guns in Pennsylvania They Crashed the Online Background Check System

As Americans continue to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania State Police’s online firearms background check system crashed twice on Tuesday when requests for verification more than tripled the demand from the same day a year earlier.

The outages occurred for a three-and-a-half-hour period in the morning, between 8 and 11:30 a.m., and another three-and-a-half-hour period in the afternoon-evening, from 5 to 8:40 p.m, The Express Times reported.

Despite the outages, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, processed 4,342 requests for firearms purchases, transfers, evidence returns, and license to carry applications during the day, state police said in a statement.

That was more than a three-fold increase of the 1,359 requests on the same Tuesday in 2019.

Credits: https://pluralist.com/guns-coronavirus/

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