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Gun Sales Continue to Soar

Gun Sales Continue to Soar

Photo credit: courtesy the NSSF

Americans sure are exercising their Second Amendment rights. March had the second-highest number of background checks for the purchase of a firearm on record, beaten only by March of last year, according to new data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). 

NSSF analysis indicates more than two million background checks were conducted for the purchase of a firearm through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) last month. Through the first quarter of 2021, nearly 5.5 million were conducted, according to the NSSF-adjusted data.

President Joe Biden has spent the early months of his presidency building an ostensibly anti-gun cabinet, and his press secretary has indicated multiple times that anti-gun measures are coming in the not-so-distant future.

Last year saw more than 21 million background checks conducted for the sale of a firearm, a simply astonishing number. At the current pace, 2021 could potentially surpass that.

The NSSF-adjusted data factors out background checks that were unlikely to be used in the purchase of a firearm to better reflect the number of Americans buying guns.

Whatever their reasons, Americans are continuing to exercise their constitutional rights at an amazing pace. Some politicians want to curtail these rights, but these numbers are a clear indicator that Americans are voting for their freedom with their wallets, and will likely continue to do so.

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