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The 2020 Wrap Up Statistics for Gun Sales Is Incredible

2020 was clearly a year unlike any other. While most businesses had to shut down at some point during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially when it first started back in March, there were some others that didn’t have to close up because they are considered “essential.”

One of those such businesses is gun shops. Luckily, they were deemed essential thanks to an executive order from the Trump administration. This order also included shooting ranges and gun manufacturers.

So, what that meant for gun sales is pretty incredible. It was a record-setting year for the industry. Guns were flying off of the shelves into the hands of many first time buyers. Ammunition was in short supply, and existing owners decided to expand their collections for different reasons.

Let’s look at some of the details surrounding this record-breaking year for 2020 in the firearms industry. 

21 Million Background Checks for 2020

Think about this…21 million background checks for 2020. It’s an astonishing number of people who went out to purchase their first firearm. When you look at how much that number went up from 2019, you can easily see that this was the year that pushed many people to finally exercise their Second Amendment rights. In 2019, there were only 13.2 million background checks. Due to the fact that 2016 was an election year, the number of background checks hit 15.7 million — but 2020 blew that out of the water. 

First Time Gun Buyers Made Waves

It’s hard to tell just looking at total background checks how many of those people were actually first time gun buyers. The NSSF estimates that out of those background checks, 8.4 million people were considered first time gun buyers. They accounted for 40 percent of all sales during that year.

In breaking down who those people actually were, 40 percent of them were women. And it’s not surprising that women felt more comfortable buying guns this year. More and more women were forced to give up their jobs to stay home and care for children who weren’t permitted to be in-person at school. Home defense is a part of that. Waves of social unrest no doubt contributed to this number as well.

Gun Companies Doing Good During the Pandemic

With record setting gun sales and accessories for all of 2020, the gun industry gave back in a number of important ways. For example, Sig Sauer, Federal Premium, Ruger, and Smith & Wesson all donated space and materials to help make protective gear for first responders. Bass Pro shops donated 1 million masks to help out first responders. 

What Will 2021 Bring?

Even though the pandemic still goes on into new year, the arrival of the vaccine will hopefully bring about a better sense of normalcy going forward. For the gun industry, 2020 was a banner year, but it will be interesting to see if that pace of success continues in 2021.


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12 Responses

  1. And we thought Obama was the best gun salesman but now Biden is a pretty good gun salesman!!

  2. I’m not, nor have I ever been, a violent person! It is easy to see that the criminal element isn’t having background checks, yet they are armed! Law abiding gun owners respect the law, if not, they would not jump through these unconstitutional background checks, wait a minute, that didn’t sound right! Because the DNC is ignorant to the gun ownership, and responsibility, they have the FBI forcing law abiding citizens like myself, participating in unConstitutional background checks! So, the DNC cannot be concerned with the law, they force law abiding citizens to participate in unlawful activities, by involving us in Nazi Style Background Checks! We give the FBI, everything necessary, to be able to find us, for legally owning firearms!
    The criminal, firearm owners, remain hidden, and that should be the reason these FBI agents not only can’t sleep at night, but get up every morning! An armed citizenship, is a safer citizenship, and law enforcement will tell you that! Criminals know that citizens are armed, and they pretty much, kill each other!
    It is no secret that so many politicians are educated, and by that I mean secondary education, yet they act like they have no common sense! You don’t go after law abiding gun owners, and ignore the criminal gun owners, if you care about lives, and by the way, you don’t legislate the murder of 60,000 innocent infants per month, if you claim to care about lives! Go get the criminals and leave law abiding gun owners alone!
    There is more important things to do, than attack the POTUS and legal gun owners! I did not vote for Trump, and I did not vote for Biden’s criminal ass either! The DNC is a criminal organization and you better straighten up or there will be another civil war!

  3. The DNC wants to control American Citizens because they are themselves, criminals! Law abiding politicians are those who take their oath of office seriously, they accept the Constitution as the law of the land, first! They don’t call for the changes to Constitutional laws! The DNC only refers to the Constitution when it helps them, any other time they are calling to eliminate it!
    WE THE PEOPLE are not stupid, we may not grasp the laws completely because we are asleep when the DNC passes them! If we were in politics for 40 years like most DNC politicians we might know more of how pathetic the DNC is! You people are Godless, Criminal, Unethical, Morally-Deprived, imps that have been turned-over, to reprobate minds!

  4. Tracey Abrams looks like Fat Alberts sister, she is a racist, a criminal, and a vile human being! Her day, like everyone else’s will come, and she will face GOD on Judgement Day!

  5. Here’s the deal, Trump supporters are also tax payers, and may I add, the majority of public citizens paying taxes! 79 million taxpayers who pay taxes that pay Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and every other elected official, if you want to treat us like scum, then do it without our taxes! Go ahead and release us from paying taxes Nancy! You won’t do that, so shut the hell up! We can, and will, express ourselves as we pay the National Guard to keep us back! You cheated like hell to put HRC running against Trump! You cheated your own party’s Presidential Nomination Election in 2016, I wonder if you think we are stupid enough to believe that if you cheated your own party’s Presidential Nomination Election, that you won’t cheat at every election? We aren’t, and you will. TAXES! Nancy, TAXES!

  6. Nancy Pelosi is a sick geriatric who HATES Trump for being elected as POTUS, and therefore, more successful, than she or her father, will ever be, after she helped Obama, and HRC, steal the 2016 DNC Presidential Nomination Election from Bernie Sanders!
    Nancy Pelosi has done nothing but continue her treasonous acts since Trump legally whipped HRC’s criminal ass!

  7. The DNC employs teams of lawyers, working around the clock, to keep one step ahead of investigators, for all the criminal acts they committed every day! They are led by a dual-citizen, billionaire, who pays people to storm the Capitol building to blame it on Trump! Soros won’t live forever and his sons will tire of politics when they are left with all his money! Soros is filled with demons, and so is most every elected DNC atheist! You can’t continue to harm Gods children, and succeed! Gods Wrath is upon the DNC!
    President Trump may not be the most devout Christian, we are all human, but Trump did obey Gods Will, and the Democrats hate Israel. That is a serious problem for the Godless democrats! Enjoy your trashy unAmerican ways while you can, because God is in control, and if you think you are a Christian Democrat you are a walking, talking, oxymoron! You cannot serve two masters, you cannot condone abortion and serve God!

  8. Bill Gates, what a disappointment you are, you have made more money than most Countries! You deserve your fortune, but you are a traitor to the American citizens! How can you of all people, turn your back on the Country that allowed you the freedom to be all you could be? You are a bad man, you are a treasonous traitor, and your mone is your downfall, you cannot love money and be in Gods good graces! You don’t care, because you don’t believe in God! You have no integrity, you throw the Country that gave you the chance to become so successful under the bus! You don’t realize what a roll you play in Bible Prophecy! Read Revelations chapter 13. If you have one iota of common sense, you will turn from your sins, and worship God!

  9. And if EVERY gun owner was a member of a Pro 2 organization, boy oh boy what power we could be.
    We could tell the U.N to go **** up a tree!

  10. check out article 5 the conventation of the states’ I think you will like what they are trying to do legalealy weather dem or rep this country need’s change! but not there type of change.

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