NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More Tennesseans are trying to get firearms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has seen a sharp increase in background check requests.
According to the TBI, the increase in background check requests in Tennessee aligns with national trends during the pandemic.
In mid-March the TBI processed more than 14,000 firearm background requests. That’s almost double the amount requested in February.
TBI employees saw delays because of this increase, as well as having limited staff and unplanned technical outages.
Kristin Brown the President of Brady, the gun violence advocacy group, says people thinking about bringing a gun in the home should think about the risk it may have on the very people you’re trying to protect.
"Kids in this environment are incredibly curious. They're bored. They're much more likely than ever to come upon a loaded and unsecured weapon and that turns deadly,” said Brown.
Researchers say each day, eight children are killed in a home shooting. Some gun violence advocates are afraid this number will increase because kids are home due to Coronavirus.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath
- At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as: