Gun sales year-to-date surpass previous annual record high by nearly 2 million, statistics show

Gun sales year-to-date surpass previous annual record high by nearly 2 million, statistics show

Cities bracing for potential unrest after presidential election as gun sales rise Gun sales surged 65% in the month of October as this year’s figures show a continued “record firearm sales pace” amid unrest and uncertainty , according to statistics released Monday. An estimated 1.9 million firearms were sold in October this year, a 65% spike from the same month in 2019, according to data provided by Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting (SAAF), a research group that examines the raw data obtained from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. THIS YEAR’S GUN SALES HAVE ALREADY OUTPACED 2019’S TOTAL, RESEARCH SHOWS SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer said in a Monday press release that an estimated 18.6 million firearms have been sold so far this year, as 2020 “continues on its record firearms sales pace.” Just last month, the SAAF announced the number of guns sold from January to September 2020 — 16.7 million — had surpassed the previous annual high of 16.6 million firearms, which were sold from January to December 2016. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, estimated slightly different statistics, finding that 1,769,553 firearms were sold in October, a 60.1% increase from October 2019, based on its own formula using NICS data. Despite the differences, both groups have reported record-breaking numbers. NSSF spokesperson Mark Oliva said Monday that every month since March “has been the strongest of that month ever recorded.” In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are […]

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