Gun Sales Break New Record

( For the 16th month in a row, the United States broke another record for gun sales.

The Washington Examiner reported that gun sales in April reached at least 1.8 million. FBI background checks in that time period also clocked in at more than 3.5 million.

Last month set a new record. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted more background checks in April 2021 than it did in any other April in history. New monthly records have been set for every month dating to December of 2019, in fact.

Much of the recent activity in gun purchases has been credited to the liberal government, which is seeking to crack down on gun sales. President Joe Biden specifically has mentioned gun control as a major policy he wishes to push, and he’s got a liberal Congress that wants to do it with him.

In the cross-hairs of Biden are semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15, which is the most popular rifle available on the market.

According to the Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting group, there were at least 1.8 million firearms sold in April. That number set yet another record for that month.

As Jurgen Brauer, the chief economist of SAAF, told the Examiner:

“The April 2021 number of just over 1.8 million firearms sold is large. In fact, it is the largest April figure on record. While the year-over-year percentage increase of 2.1% is relatively modest, it nonetheless represents growth on top of last year’s COVID-19 panic-driven sales boom.

“Handgun sales declined in April 2021 relative to the same month last year, so that long-gun sales drove this April’s overall increase.”

That’s an important distinction to make when looking at year-over-year numbers. Now that we’re in the months that were at the height of the pandemic last year, any increase must be seen as huge, since the sales from 2020 were such a huge jump over 2019.

Justin Anderson, who serves as the marketing director of Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, also explained to the Examiner:

“Sales continue to be brisk, and we’re showing growth in the 25% to 35% range compared to last year. This is more natural growth and isn’t strictly being driven by political or other outside forces.

“More than likely, many of the 8 million people that bought their first gun in the last year have caught the bug and are buying more guns and accessories. While ammo remains scarce, Remington’s ammunition plant is back online, and we think this will help to mitigate the unprecedented demand.

“We expect another busy summer, both online and in the store, and another record year.”

Government data revealed that the biggest months for gun sales in the last year directly coincided with those months that saw the largest political and social unrest. This includes the height of the protests around the country following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

But gun sales have been up significantly overall since the pandemic began. So, there’s not one particular event that’s led to that. Rather, it’s a combination of many things that are happening at the same time.