According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, gun purchases have nearly doubled during the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year, while ammo sales have increased 139%.
"Approximately 90% of retailers reported an increase in firearm and ammunition sales during the first half of 2020 versus the first half of 2019," the NSSF told the Washington Examiner.
The surge in sales — which is expected to continue through the remainder of the year — is driven by the concerns over increased crime, violent protests, the coronavirus pandemic, and the presidential election, Washington Secrets Columnist Paul Bedard wrote.
"Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of," NSSF reported.
NSSF's report also revealed that the explosion in sales is not just to the traditional customer base of white males. Asians, Hispanics, and specifically African-Americans are also driving up firearm sales figures.
"The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from black men and women who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year," the report said.