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US Gun Sales Hit Record Levels in 2020

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US gun sales in the United States reached a record level last year. This happened as the government increased background checks for firearms overlapping with months of social and political unrest. Industry data and firearms background checks showed that Americans purchased nearly 23 million guns in 2020. This represents a 65% increase compared with 2019, which registered 13.9 million guns sold. South Carolina consulting firm Small Arms Analytics provided the numbers. Firearms industry publications and background checks remain the best sources for gauging sales.

RELATED: House Passes 2 Gun Bills That Expand Background Checks

FBI Background Checks Increased As Well

Meanwhile, FBI background checks on gun buyers increased all year in 2020. The biggest jumps happened in March, June, July, and December. They overlapped with major political and social unrest. However, background checks do not correlate directly to the number of guns sold.

For example, the FBI conducted more than 3.7 million background checks last March. This heightened activity coincided with the start of the country’s pandemic lockdown. The 2020 numbers number 1 million more compared with March 2019. The next time the background checks surged was during the George Floyd protests. During this time, they increased to 3.9 million in June and 3.6 million in July. In comparison, 2.3 million background checks in June and 2 million in July happened in 2019. Finally, another surge in background checks happened in November after the presidential elections. Checks numbered at 3.6 million in November and 3.9 million in December. That compares to 2.6 million in November 2019 and 2.9 million in December 2019.

Jump in US Gun Sales Also in 2021

The upsurge in gun sales continued into 2021. After the January 6 Capitol riots, the FBI received a record 4.3 million background check requests made by gun dealers. This is up from the 2.7 million requests made in January of the previous year.   Meanwhile, February brought the number down a bit at 3.4 million. However, this is still 23% up compared to February 2019 numbers. 

New Buyers Hit the Market

Ken Baye is the owner of Stoddard’s Range and Guns in Atlanta, Georgia. He said he’s witnessing a different kind of customer these days: new shooters. More and more new gun owners are getting one for themselves. “We see a lot of women come in, a lot of couples, people with children,” he said. “We’re really seeing pretty much every walk of life.

“It just seems like we live in chaos and this is giving me some kind of control over that chaos,” said Atlanta resident Syra Arzu, 38. After years of thinking that she never felt the need for a gun, the single mother of three young children now wanted one. Once she bought one, her friend bought another for herself. Another friend followed with a purchase of his own. 

National African American Gun Association 

Philip Smith is the founder of the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA). He said many new gun owners are those who five years ago would buy a gun. Covid-19 was the game-changer, Smith said. 

“That was something that had people, regardless of color, regardless of your social background, your economic status, you said to yourself, ‘OK if we don’t have food next week, what are we going to do to protect ourselves and our families?'” he added. In fact, NAAGA reported growth of around 900 new members a month, Smith said.

US Gun Sales Increase When A Democrat Wins the White House

The numbers also show that gun sales usually go higher whenever a Democrat wins the White House. 2016 marked the year that set the previous record of 15.7 million guns sold. This was when many gun owners thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 Presidential election. In addition, gun sales surges followed former President Barack Obama’s win and reelection.

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  • Avatar Colleen Thompson says:

    Because they open the borders and Pushmore social programs refuse to prosecute bad
    behavior all For political gain

  • Avatar Michael Cottrell says:

    IT’S GREAT IF YOU ARE A FIREARMS DEALER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Eric says:

    Fresno needs more guns

  • Avatar Edward C Schultz says:

    We need to carry without permit now that our borders are open

  • Avatar Elaine says:

    Maybe the liberal party is really in with the NRA. LOL
    They denounce and criticize NRA as a reverse psychology tactic. Society reacts by purchasing more guns and ammo.
    I am a legal gun owner. I think everyone should be comfortable and responsible using a firearm.

  • Avatar Branden Oconnell says:

    This is insane I will bet suicide rates jump too.

  • Avatar Karras Ralph says:

    Americans have a right to protect themselves and their families. It seems that when a Democrat is elected, (or steals) the election, there is a fear that they will attempt to make changes to our constitutional rights. The Second Amendment is usually targeted because they, the Democrats, believe guns cause crime and think that by removing our rights to own weapons, gun related crime will decline. They, a Democrat, are somehow brainwashed into this idea and tune out any argument that supports an individual’s right to protect themselves. In addition, they have a distorted view that our law enforcement department’s at not needed so who do law abiding citizens go to for protection?

  • Avatar max max says:

    RETARD. UNSTABLE PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES, NOT THE GUN.

  • Avatar Martin Kronmann says:

    I like the responses of Colleen Edward and Elaine, especially Elaine’s humor.

  • Avatar LaRue Kreger says:

    Democrats are all about control, so also was Hitler!! Think about it!!

  • Avatar Jeff Whelchel says:

    The” Dummycrats ” always open our borders and allow criminals to enter our country unchecked and many ( not all) but many are criminals, these ILLeagle people are allow to enter our country virtually unchecked, they take jobs from LEGAL citizens and suck all the government handouts and money they can get and NEVER contribute anything. Government spending always goes up when Dummycrats are in charge and we must wait for a republican to straighten the country out again.

  • Avatar Nancy P. says:

    Jeff Whelchel, was going to make a comment but you took the words right out of my mouth. Every word. So I’ll just close with I am a legal gun owner, not a hunter of animals, taught by my father when 10 years old. So I am good at it and respect them. What the Democrats have caused, so glad I have the experience to protect myself and family. No corrupt government is taking my guns away and leave us helpless at the mercy of criminals who have them illegally. This country has become a dumping ground for the scums of the earth. Not on my property, Dummycrats.

  • Avatar Chase says:

    What is happening in Portland Oregon and else where in our nation in regards to the disruption, looting, killing, and yeah you know, the peaceful protesters while buildings are burning down behind the cameras. The democrats have brought this on upon them selfs. They are the reason for the increased gun sales along with their talatearen rule to follow their direction. No wonder they want to come take your gun rights away. Follow and obey while we know what is best for you! I think that the left polical pundits donot have a clue what to expect is why they don’t care about our boarders but only to care about themselves with there fences and razor wire at our capital and there homes. Many of them also have body guards and yes, most of them with guns, go figure! Now they want to change the rules and try and take many law abiding American’s guns away! The lefts cancel culture trying to erase the past is a very good indicator what to expect for the next 4 very long years! My god help us all!!!!

  • Avatar sherril henderson says:

    If these dumbass democrats’ want gun sales to go down they need to quit letting the criminals out of jail and keep the border closed and quit trying to wipe out our second amendment and first amendment all so they can gain complete power and graft hundreds of millions of dollars. They care nothing about anyone or anything except themselves and getting richer and more powerful. Vote republican but get rid of the RHINOS. Stand up we are on the right side of this.

  • Avatar David says:

    Hey Branden, I guess people only kill themselves with firearms?! In fact. Only about 50% (men only) use a firearm. And, it’s not insane when a President is releasing criminals (some infected with covid) onto American communities. I guess you think when the communist dictator Xiden takes all of the guns fromnlaw-abiding citizens no one will get murdered? You’re a special kind of ignorant! This is exactly what all tyrants do! Ask the Jews of the holocaust what Hitler did first! Zieg Heil Biden!

  • Avatar David says:

    Everybody knows democrats are the big gun people. Gun sales ALWAYS increase with democrat president. Ask shifty schiff and his brother!

  • Avatar David says:

    Im glad things are back to normal. Gas prices are soaring, we’re bombing the middle east (again) thousands of jobs being lost, topy potatoes are offensive, US taxes are being used for foreign abortions & pakistani transgenders, coke wants its employees to be less white, kids are being locked in shipping containers. Thank God we got rid of the guy that wrote mean tweets, but put America first!

  • Avatar Walter says:

    DemocRATS are good gun salesmen!

  • Avatar Curtis says:

    Amen to all-youall

  • Avatar Devil Doc says:

    I did 3 tours in that shit hole called Vietnam. I have killed my fair share of enemy combatants and that was war. What my experience has taught me is that you never know who your enemy is and where he will come from. A gun, any gun, levels the playing field in my favor.The reason, I am not a born killer, I know how and when to use a gun, and I am not a criminal because I am defending my family and myself. Out of 140 million guns in America 99.9% are in the hands of honest, God fearing, hard working American citizens!

  • Avatar Jim Platter says:

    Someone said that more people will kill them selves. Well, If someone wants to kill them self, there are thousands of ways to kill your self without the use of a gun. Jump off a bridge, poison, I could wright a book on just well thousands of ways.

  • Avatar Robert F. Blasko says:

    With all the liberal democrats in power, to have a gun to protect yourself with, is a necessity. They want to defund the police, open our borders to just anyone without background checks when just anyone, not just Mexicans, but subversives from any country can cross our borders with open arms. The integrity of our country is at stake. Soon there will be more anti Americans because we are adding them to the already huge group of Antifa and B.L.M. AND THE OTHER TERRORISTS THAT ARE ALREADY HERE. We are doomed for a big fall if this isn’t stopped A.S.A.P. We will all need our guns just to survive if this continues. History repeats itself, Germany took away all guns in the 30’s so Nazism could grow unhindered. Also people who have guns for crime do not buy them legally.

  • Avatar ROBERT A. ABADIE says:

    OK GUYS HERE IVE PULLED MYS THE TRUTH. I HAVE 20 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN ALL THE YEARS I’VE PULLED MY WEAPON 5 TIMES. WE MUST HAVE PERMITS SO WE CAN TELL GOOD GUYS FROM BAD
    GUYS.BUT WE SHOULD HAVE OPEN CARRY PERMITS NATION WIDE. I HAVE BEEN ACCOSTED OUT OF UNIFORM 4 TIMES. ALL I DID WAS FLIP MY COAT OPEN AND THEY TOOK OFF LIKE THEIR ASS WAS ON FIRE. I INTERVIEWED A MUGGER ONCE WHO TOLD ME HE WASN’T AFRAID OF A GUY ABOUT SIZE HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH THAT THE GUT HAD A GUN. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU FOLKS. THIS SERIOUS SHIT. IF YOU WANT A GUN, BUT NEVER HAD ONE, CALL THE NRA THEY WILL PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTER.JUST REMEMBER WHEN YOU PULL YOUR GUN IT IS FOR ONE REASON AND THAT REASON ONLY.
    SHOOT TO KILL!!!.STAY SAFE RED NECKS. GOD BLESS AMERICA & DONALD TRUMP.

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    It really a shame when a Democrat get in office >they always want to get the guns but they ain<t gonna get mine I will stand for ever to keep my right to bear arms and protect my family cause the Dems sure as hell would not they want to defund the police do you believe that what the hell is wrong with these people have they completely lost their minds

  • Avatar Bob Hughes says:

    Molon label-come and take them
    I will give them every bullet I have!

  • Avatar Scott says:

    Democrates are scared of Republicans.

  • Avatar Scott says:

    Giving Pakistan money for transgender study isn’t true, we all giving Pakistan money for terrorist information.

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