5 Million People Became Gun Owners This Summer!

According to an NSSF survey, 40 percent of summer sales were conducted to first-time gun owners.

A man and woman stand at a gun shop counter while an employee shows them features on a small handgun.
At least 5 million people became first-time gun owners in the first seven months of 2020. NSSF

This summer, NSSF surveyed firearm retailers, which in August reported that 40 percent of sales were conducted to purchasers who have never previously owned a firearm. NSSF-adjusted NICS checks for January through July 2020 saw a record 12.1 million, up 71.7 percent from the 7.1 million NSSF-adjusted NICS checks from January through July 2019. This equates to nearly five million first-time gun owners in the first seven months of 2020.

NSSF surveys revealed that 58 percent of firearm purchases were among African-American men and women, the largest increase of any demographic group. Women made up 40 percent of first-time gun purchasers. Retailers noted that they were seeing a 95 percent increase in firearm sales and a 139 percent increase in ammunition sales over the same period in 2019.

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