2020 has been a boom year so far for gun sales in the US. Social unrest and COVID-19 has made millions of Americans believe they need to take steps to protect themselves.
In the first half of the year, over 2.5 million people became first-time gun owners. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade group released the data this week.
According to Fox Business:
The early part of 2020 has been unlike any other year for firearm purchases — particularly by first-time buyers — as new NSSF® research reveals millions of people chose to purchase their first gun during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jim Curcuruto, shooting foundation’s director of research and market development, said in a statement. “Not surprisingly, retailers reported an increased number of first-time gun buyers, estimating that 40 percent of their sales were to this group.”
According to the NSSF, most of the first time buyers purchased handguns:
Semiautomatic handguns were the primary firearm being purchased by first-time buyers, outpacing the second-most purchased firearm, shotguns, by a 2 to 1 margin.
The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year. Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of. The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year. Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of.”
The president and founder of Wisconsin-based U.S. Concealed Carry Association, Tim Schmidt, commented on the reason for the surge in gun purchases:
…in this situation, most of these people, nothing bad happened to them, but rather society, in general, is making them feel nervous.
Americans are exercising their second amendment rights in record numbers. The Democrat’s current war against law enforcement is backfiring. The same party that wants to “defund” the police also wants to disarm all Americans and Americans are not having it in record numbers.
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