According to data published by the FBI, background checks required for gun purchases were up 79% over last year’s figures. There were 3,931,607 background checks in June – the most ever in the history of the National Instant Criminal Background System. According to Small Arms Analytics, U.S. firearms sales increased year-over-year by 134.6% in July – reaching a total of 2 million units.
The increase in gun sales has risen as the nation locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 and has continued to surge through the end of July.
Some estimates are that up to 40% of these sales are to new gun owners. Others continue to report that ammunition sales have also gone through the roof and many stores – online and physical – are limiting sales. Another survey indicates ammunition sales are up 139% over sales last year for the first half of the year.