U.S. firearms sales rose for the 13th straight month last month, recording the highest April tally on record, analysis by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) shows.
NSSF uses, and also adjusts, FBI gun license background check data to estimate monthly gun sales. Both measures reflect an increase in gun purchases, Townhall reports:
“The April 2021 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,694,118 is an increase of 0.9 percent compared to the April 2020 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,678,223. For comparison, the unadjusted April 2021 FBI NICS figure 3,485,016 reflects a 21.1 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,878,176 in April 2020.”
"April marked 13 months of elevated firearm sales which have ranged between 1.5 million and 2 million each month. Firearm sales spiked in March 2020 and have remained at unprecedented levels since. It’s a remarkable feat of firearm manufacturers to keep pace with this blistering demand," NSSF Public Affairs Director Mark Oliva said in a statement.
Safety concerns and fear that the Biden Administration will outlaw Americans’ ability to own guns are driving the sales surge, Oliva said:
“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. The continued gun control statements by President Biden, many of which have been fact-checked and debunked as false, are driving sales.”
Sales have been fueled by first-time gun buyers who have realized that, today, they “are their own first responder,” Oliva said:
“When protests turned into 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.”
The NSSF’s adjusted gun sales numbers remove potential duplicate background check counts, The Daily Wire explains:
“NSSF adjusted numbers 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.”