Gun & Ammo Sales Skyrocket in America: 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It'
Soaring gun sales have caused shortages of ammo
The United States is seeing a massive spike in the sale of guns and ammunition.
The skyrocketing sales have caused shortages of ammo across the country, according to the Associated Press.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 20 million guns were sold, and 8 million sales were first-time firearms purchasers.
"When you talk about all these people buying guns, it really has an impact on people buying ammunition," the organization's spokesperson, Mark Oliva, said.
"If you look at 8.4 million gun buyers and they all want to buy one box with 50 rounds, that's going to be 420 million rounds," he added.
A sharp uptick in gun sales in the last year and a half was noted by data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Checks System.
The FBI conducted background checks for nearly 40 million gun purchases in 2020 alone.
That figure was compared to around 28 million background checks in 2019 and 26 million in 2018.
The FBI conducted only 14.4 million checks in 2010.
But through the first 6 months of 2021, it's estimated there have been 22 million background checks.
The FBI noted that data doesn't track gun purchases, meaning "a one-to-one correlation can not be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale."
In May, the New York Times reported that data from the Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center showed a fifth of the people who bought guns in 2020 were first-time buyers.
39 percent of U.S. households now own guns, an increase from 32 percent in 2016, data showed.
Georgia Gun Store owner Mike Weeks said he had seen an increase in first-time firearm buyers, as per Newsweek.
"In gun scares in the past, when we're worried the government's going to try and confiscate our guns, you see a group of people, most are either gun enthusiasts or people who already own guns, want to get more," Weeks said.
"This time it's very different. We see almost nobody like that buying a gun," he added.
AP also reports that ammo imports from Russia, South Korea, the European Union have increased by 225 percent.
Duane Hendrix of the Seattle Police Athletic Association said customers are restricted to buying only two boxes of ammo.
"I've never seen anything like it before," Hendrix said.
"There's stuff we can't get, especially rifle ammo.
"If you don't have ammo for your customers, there's no point in having your doors open."
Biden's recent warning he will sign an executive order on gun control has spurred gun-buying even more.
"Not only were people who already had guns buying more, but people who had never owned one were buying them too," the New York Times reported.
Recent research found that new gun owners were women, one-fifth were black, and one-fifth were Hispanic.
Founder of The Reload, Stephen Gutowski, a publication on America's firearms policy, told NPR:
"I think it's actually a - part of a larger trend.
"We've seen this going on for over a decade now.
"Gun owners have become more suburban.
"They've become less white and less male and younger over that time period.
"And what you saw last year was just an acceleration of that."