[Ed. – And that’s just for January through July. Americans may be dumb, but we’re not stupid.]
Since January 2020, nearly 5 million Americans purchased guns for the first time, making up nearly 40% of all retail shop gun sales, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which is the firearm industry trade association.
The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS) shows there were 12.1 million checks between January through July 2020, an increase of 71.7% from “the 7.1 million NSSF-adjusted NICS January through July 2019,” reported the association. “This equates to nearly 5 million first-time gun owners in the first seven months of 2020.”
The NSSF data also show that 58% of gun sales were among black Americans, ” the largest increase of any demographic group.” In addition, “women comprised 40 percent of first-time gun purchasers.”