Report: Gun Buying ‘Accelerated’; More Than 5 Million New Owners

Report: Gun Buying ‘Accelerated’; More Than 5 Million New Owners

Article first appeared on Ammoland.com U.S.A. – -(AmmoLand.com)- A new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine says firearm purchases in the U.S. accelerated between January 2020 and April 2021, producing an estimated 5.4 million new gun owners who “brought the weapons into homes that had not previously had them.” The survey was conducted by Professor Matt Miller at Northeastern University. As reported by The Guardian, “the total number of gun purchases rose from 13.8 million to 16.6 million between 2019 and 2020. Of those, approximately half of all new gun owners were female and nearly half were people of color.” According to raw data published monthly by the FBI, last year saw 39,695,315 total background checks initiated with the National Instant Check System (NICS). Through November of this year, there have been 35,778,134 NICS checks initiated, with December still outstanding. Last year set a new record, with much credit going to public concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic followed by rioting and civil disorder in major cities combined with efforts by far-left municipal governments to reduce the size of their police departments and cut their funding. Resulting lawlessness and rises in crime have led to more gun purchases as people took more responsibility for their own safety. Source: FBI National Instant Background Check System. Not all NICS checks correspond to a firearm sale, the FBI acknowledges. The National Shooting Sports Foundation provides a monthly “adjusted figure” with an estimate of the number of checks that do involve an actual […]

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