Annual firearms purchases in October were up over 10%, with more than 1.1 million total sales, according to multiple reports.
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.
When speaking to Fox Business about the increase in the number of background checks, Oliva said, “Americans are choosing to invest their hard-earned dollars in their ability [to] exercise their rights and buy the firearms they want before gun control politicians attempt to regulate away that ability.”
There has been no shortage of anti-Second Amendment politicians who have made their intentions abundantly clear.