Gun and Ammunition Sales Are Booming
Richmond Times Dispatch
As economies around the country reopen, and summer hunting seasons loom on the horizon, firearm sales are skyrocketing, and the FBI is processing more background checks than ever. The numbers: In 2020, the FBI processed a record 39.7 million firearm background checks, by far the most of any year since the agency began recording the data. Around 8.5 million people also purchased their first firearm, accounting for roughly 40% of all gun sales last year. Now, FBI data indicates we could be in for another record year as firearm background checks are up 30% from this time last year. In March alone, the FBI received 4.7 million background checks, more than ever recorded in a single month. Applications for recreational hunting licenses are also up. In January, The Washington Post reported well-known hunting states Michigan and Nevada saw a 67% and 30% spike, respectively, in applications for new hunting licenses.