August Shatters Another Gun Sales Record

August saw a 57% increase, year over year, in gun sales.  Could it be the public understands the police are not allowed to protect them, while terrorists are looting and rioting at will?

“A Washington Free Beacon analysis of FBI data released on Tuesday found a 57 percent increase in sales compared to August 2019. There were at least 1.6 million sales in August 2020. Only two previous Augusts had broken a million sales, though limitations in FBI reporting means that not every gun sale is captured in the data. August represents the sixth month in a row to set a new sales record with March seeing the most gun sales of any month in the history of the FBI background check system.

The political meaning is clear—these folks will not vote for Democrats, who put them in the position of needing to buy a gun for protection.  Another sing folks are switching to Trump.

August Shatters Another Gun Sales Record

Michigan Instructor: ‘I have never seen a higher level of interest in guns’

Stephen Gutowski, Washington Free Beacon,  9/1/20    

August 2020 saw more gun sales than any other August on record as Americans continue to rush to gun stores at a record pace.

A Washington Free Beacon analysis of FBI data released on Tuesday found a 57 percent increase in sales compared to August 2019. There were at least 1.6 million sales in August 2020. Only two previous Augusts had broken a million sales, though limitations in FBI reporting means that not every gun sale is captured in the data. August represents the sixth month in a row to set a new sales record with March seeing the most gun sales of any month in the history of the FBI background check system.

Sales thus far in 2020 have soared past previous years. Sales through the first eight months of the year are up 43 percent over the previous record.

“In 15 years of teaching firearm safety, I have never seen a higher level of interest in guns,” Rick Ector, a Detroit-based firearms instructor, told the Washington Free Beacon. “I do not need to advertise, and my phone is constantly ringing.”

A June report from the gun industry’s trade group indicated dealers believed 40 percent of buyers since March have been first-time owners. The group pegged the total number of new owners at just under five million. If the estimated percentage of new owners holds for August, that would mean at least 640,000 Americans bought a gun for the first time in August. The surge in firearm owners could have a significant impact on gun politics and American elections for years to come.

Ector said the sales are driven by concerns over the pandemic, the economic downturn, and recent rioting in places like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon. He expects the record sales to keep up through the end of the year, pointing to Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s strict new gun-control policies and his lead in national polling.

“Any single issue by itself would lead to an increase of people buying guns,” he said. “We have all four factors ‘in play’ and the run on guns is no surprise to me.”

The number of checks run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System is not a one-to-one representation of total gun sales, but is widely considered the best gauge because the checks are required on all sales done through licensed dealers. The Free Beacon removed checks from the count that were coded for gun-carry permits or other non-gun sales to reach the final sales numbers.

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Comments

  1. What is amazing is that not all of those who purchased will vote Republican.

    If these numbers were an election Biden, Harris, Pelosi, et al would be pounding cenment.

    • William Hicks says

      After seeing how the 2016 election went, there had to be many democrats that voted republican. I see even more voting republican in 2020.

  2. Richard Wahl says

    From the founding of the nation, we have always had those people who prepared to protect themselves and others. We are currently in a period of the greatest threat to personal safety since the Civil War and unsettled aftermath. People will always be resourceful. There is an element of sense in the old expression – “better to be judged by twelve than carried by six”. For much of our history, we were not charged with any crime when exercising our God given right to self defense. The state did not give us this right nor can they take it away – legally or morally – despite the fact that they work overtime to do so. Any laws passed to take away the right to self defense are unjust; reprehensible and a violation of an individual’s innate right to life and liberty.

  3. I don’t kowere they are finding them as in my area, they are just BOUT ALL gone.. same for Ammpo too.
    Let AntiFa come here and they will be reduced to being prisoner of war.

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