Amid a global pandemic and mass protests more than 2.3 million guns were sold in the month of June.
This staggering number is a roughly 145% increase year over year.
Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting’s chief economist Jurgen Brauer said “Relative to same-month sales in June 2019, firearm sales soared yet again in June 2020. Once more, demand was particularly strong for handguns. The first week of June saw especially high background check volumes, presumably related to the aftermath of the killing of Mr. George Floyd.”
Meanwhile, Per the NYPost, background checks for gun sales also skyrocketed in June — hitting an all-time monthly high amid the coronavirus pandemic and national anti-police protests, according to a report.
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 3.9 million background checks last month — an increase of 70 percent over June 2019 and eclipsing March’s record of 3.7 million checks, the Washington Times reported.
This brings 2020’s tally to 19.2 million background checks in the first six months alone, which amounts to more checks than the first 14 years combined since the bureau began keeping statistics in 1998, the outlet said.
Background checks don’t always equate to gun purchases, however, the figures can be used to provide a rough estimate of weapons that change hands.
But Justin Anderson, marketing director of one of the country’s biggest gun retailers, Hyatt Guns, said he has never seen demand so high.
“I’ve been in this business going on 14 years, and I have never seen this much demand,” Anderson told the Washington Examiner. “There are shortages of nearly every single defensive firearm currently manufactured.”
Video from June 2nd.