April was the thirteenth consecutive month for record firearm sales, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
The firearms trade association uses data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system to estimate firearm purchases.
The NSSF adjusts the data for background rechecks to ensure that the data reflects the actual number of firearms purchased.
Adjusted NICS data shows that authorities conducted 1.694 million background checks in April 2021. This number was a 0.9% increase in firearm purchases compared to April 2020.
Unadjusted figures show that 3.48 million background checks took place in April this year, compared to 2.87 million in April 2020, a 21.1% increase.
The NSSF noted that personal safety and gun control were the primary factors for the increased firearm sales.
“Americans are buying firearms for concerns for personal safety and for White House and Congressional efforts to limit and deny the ability to purchase certain firearms,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s Director of Public Affairs, said. “The continued gun control statements by President Biden, many of which have been fact-checked and debunked as false, are driving sales.”
Personal security became a concern during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter riots. Both events caused police delays to security incidents, forcing many Americans to rely on their firearms for self-defense.
Similarly, the "Defund the Police" movement in some cities, including Austin, Texas, implied that police would be under-resourced and unable to respond to emergencies promptly.
Gun control also threatens Americans’ access to firearms for self-defense, hunting, and sporting. President Joe Biden promised to take executive actions on gun control especially home-made firearms, commonly referred to as “ghost guns.”
He also urged Congress to pass laws to regulate modern sporting rifles or “assault weapons” and ammunition feeding devices holding more than ten rounds or “large capacity” magazines.
Americans bought more than 22.8 million firearms in 2020, the highest for any full year, according to Small Arms Analytics. NSSF estimated that 21 million while Brady Center estimated 20.7 million firearms were sold during the year. The anti-2A group estimates that 5.3 million firearms were sold from January to March 2021.
The increase also coincided with Biden’s presidential campaign, which promised unchecked gun control.
The last highest record was during Hillary Clinton’s run for president in 2016. Americans purchased 16.6 million firearms in twelve months. Biden has, therefore, become the best gun salesman.
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