Gun sales are reported to be soaring this year as Americans are buying weapons in record numbers in the lead up to the US Presidential Election.
Where amid pandemic, social unrest, and election violence fears, reports say there is a surge in the number of first-time gun buyers.
The number of first-time buyers has skyrocketed this year according to industry analysts, trade groups and officials of major gun manufacturers.
The CEO of major gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson estimated that firearm neophytes accounted for about 40% of sales this year, an estimate he called conservative and “double the national average” in past years.
Also, Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings CEO said the company estimated that 5 million people purchased firearms for the first time across the industry in the first seven months of the year.
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows a 41% increase in activity during the first nine months of this year, compared to the same period in 2019, which was a record year.
With 28.8 million background checks through the end of September, this year’s surge has already surpassed last year’s all-time high of 28.4 million. Eight of the top 10 all-time weeks for background checks have happened this year.
Industry experts who study gun ownership say in the past such surges came largely among the gun-industry’s core base of white, male and politically conservative customers who often already owned one or multiple guns.
But they say not this year. The market has widened this year to include a new rush of first-time buyers, that also includes many women, minorities, and politically liberal buyers who once would not have considered gun ownership.
The historically high gun sales are adding millions of weapons to a nation that already has more guns than people with the number of U.S. guns estimated at 393 million in 2017.
This year’s historic demand has forced buyers and sellers to get creative in finding ammo as customers can’t find the ammo at traditional outlets.
One of the nation’s largest ammunition makers said that it can’t get bullets to its distributors fast enough with the inventory the leanest they have ever seen.
With some shooting range owners starting to buy ammunition from customers who have stockpiles at home. As experts say it’s clear that deep political and racial divisions in this tumultuous year are driving up firearm sales.
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