2020 saw record sales of firearms month after month as protests, riots, a chaotic political environment, and a pandemic blockade hit every American. If anyone thought that things would work out in 2021, they are very wrong.
Based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), firearms sales during the first half of 2021 increased by 15% in the first six months of 2020. A total of 22,243,220 criminal background checks were completed. until June 30ththis, making it the largest number for the period since the FBI began recording sales over two decades ago in late 1998.
The sharp surge in sales is a continuation of a nationwide trend that began in 2020, a year that saw sales rise 40% to a record 39,695,315. While they don’t perfectly reflect actual sales, the FBI numbers are widely used to measure the number of gun sales based on historical facts. The number of background checks is reported each month by status. Over 340 million checks have been processed since 1998, with only 2 million denials. In other words, only 1 in 170 applicants are rejected, usually due to a criminal record. This track record makes it the most readily available, complete and reliable indicator of actual sales.
Although the New York Times claims that pandemic-spurred gun purchases have mostly ended, current gun owners continue to purchase additional firearms. More importantly, it appears to continue the trend of first-time shoppers who were largely made up of minorities and women.
Another trend that has been identified among first-time buyers, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), is that of semi-automatic pistols which are the most popular purchase at a 2 to 1 rate compared to the second-largest shotgun. most popular fire, the rifles.
Although the number of recently purchased weapons has been impressive, it is part of an overall general trend that has been steadily increasing with a rather noticeable snowball effect over the past two decades. In 1999, sales were just over 9 million. Seven years later, in 2006, it rose from one million to over ten. The next five years saw a 50% increase to 15 million in 2011. Then in two years an increase to 20 million in 2013, and three years later to 25 million in 2016. The snowball really rolled in 2020 reaching 40 million, with no signs of slowing down in 2021.
Illinois is leading sales so far this year at 6,050,704, with just 4% of the US population accounting for 27% of arms sales for the period. Kentucky takes second place with 1,651,442, with only 1.3% of the country’s citizens buying more than 7% of the guns sold in the country.
As for the states (and districts) that are widely considered hostile to firearms and their owners, the numbers for the period are somewhat surprising: District of Columbia (DC) -5,825; Hawaii – 8,626; Rhode Island – 22,853; New Jersey – 135,591; Massachusetts – 142,631; Maryland – 151,424; Connecticut – 163,741; New York – 245,023; and with over three-quarters of a million sales in just six months, California at 769,591.
The numbers paint a pretty clear picture. Americans of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes and political affiliations are exercising their constitutional right to own firearms and should send a sound message to those individuals, organizations and political bodies who wish or attempt to violate this right in any way. .
You can click here for the full summary of NICS records from November 1998 to June 30, 2021.
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