Record gun sales for 2nd month, more than 7 million sold this year

by Jordyn Pair · May 5th, 2020 9:31 am

Gun sales saw record sales for a second straight month, hitting nearly 3 million in background checks for April.

The FBI said on Monday that April background checks for gun sales and concealed carry permits had hit a new record of 2,911,128 backgrounds checks, an increase of 576,879 from April 2019.

March recorded the highest ever number of background checks at 3,740,688.

Although background checks do not exactly represent gun sales, they do give a rough estimate of purchases.

Industry group Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting does directly calculate gun sales and found more than 7 million sold this year. The group found 1,797,910 sold in April, a 71% surge in guns purchased from April 2019 to April 2020. It also estimated that handgun sales clocked in at 1,085,046, an 83% increase. Rifle sales were estimated at 560,353, a 52% increase.

Industry officials say 2020 is on track to be the best year ever for gun sales.


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