Reports from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) used data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to estimate the number of guns sold nationally. SAAF said the firearms industry saw enough gains from August through October to make up for lower sales numbers from earlier in the year.
The increased number of purchases “coincides with a move towards stricter gun-control positions in the Democratic presidential primary,” reported the Washington Free Beacon. “As the 2020 election draws closer and Democrats focus more on gun bans or even confiscation, gun sales could continue to increase.”
“The NICS data continues to show us that Americans value their Second Amendment freedoms,” Mark Oliva, an NSSF spokesman, told the newspaper. “Today’s firearms owners continue to vote with their wallets, purchasing the firearms that best suit their needs, whether that is for self-defense, recreational target shooting, or hunting.”
The uptick in both firearms sales and background checks is due at least in part to the push by anti-gun politicians who want to legislate away your Second Amendment rights.