April Marks 13th Straight Month of Record Gun Sales, Data Shows
Americans purchasing firearms in record-breaking numbers
Americans have been buying guns in soaring numbers over the past year, with April marking the 13th straight month of record firearm sales, new data shows.
On Monday, the firearms industry trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), released adjusted data on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s (NICS) statistics.
The data provides insight into the number of Americans purchasing firearms.
The newly-adjusted figures from NSSF pull out the number of background checks used for concealed carry permits and rechecks to isolate the number of checks used for firearm purchases and transfers.
In April this year, 1.694 million background checks took place, a 0.9% increase over April 2020, according to the NSSF’s adjusted data.
The data also shows there was a 21.1% increase in unadjusted NICS numbers, compared to April 2020.
Last month, 3.48 million total background checks were completed, compared to 2.87 million in 2020.
That means there was a 21% increase in the number of Americans who are carrying a firearm, particularly with a concealed carry permit.
The NSSF attributes the sky-high numbers to two factors.
“Americans are buying firearms for concerns for personal safety and for White House and Congressional efforts to limit and deny the ability to purchase certain firearms,” NSSF’s Director of Public Affairs, Mark Oliva, said in a statement.
“The continued gun control statements by President Biden, many of which have been fact-checked and debunked as false, are driving sales.”
Since the start of the COVID pandemic, Americans have been purchasing firearms at a record pace, with first-time gun owners making up a large portion of those purchases.
In addition to Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress’s gun control push, Americans are concerned about their safety.
When protests turned into Black Lives Matter riots last year, following the death of George Floyd, some Americans realized they are their own first responder.
Having the CHOP zone, where law enforcement, fire departments, and medics were shut out, reaffirmed that need.
"I’m the only one ever to have passed an assault weapons ban,” Biden said.
"I’m the only one that ever got a 10-year ban on assault weapons and clips of more than 10 bullets.
"Immediately upon us becoming an office, having an attorney general, I asked him to put together the things I could do by executive order, including dealing with new guns that can be made, you can buy in pieces and put together, and other, and other initiatives.”
"And I strongly support and continue and never stopped supporting the ban on assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 bullets,” he explained.
"The folks who own weapons, the folks who own guns, they support universal background checks, majority of them think we should not be selling assault weapons.
"Who in God’s name needs a weapon that can hold 100 rounds, or 40 rounds, or 20 rounds.
"It’s just wrong.
"And I’m not going to give up till it’s done.”