(USA Features) Sales of firearms across the U.S. continue to set records in the Biden era, as more and more Americans arm up.
Though gun makers are struggling to keep up with demand and inventories are shallow, firearms sales last month shot upward to between 1.3-1.4 million, which brings the total number of sales to at least 11 million this year, according to FBI background check data.
“That’s a strong demand signal from the American public that there is steady and strong appetite for continued firearm sales,” said Mark Oliva of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group.
“Summer is typically a part of the year when firearm sales will slow, but July’s figures defy that trend,” he continued.
“Americans are still buying guns, and they’re buying them in numbers higher than previous years and at a pace that would have been unpredictable two or three years ago,” he said.
“To date, more than 11 million background checks have been completed for the sale of a gun,” he added.
Jurgen Brauer, the chief economist at Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting, also noted that summer sales this year are abnormally high.
“Even though the July year-over-year headline number fell drastically, estimated unit sales of nearly 1.4 million in July 2021 increased by over 500,000 units when compared to the more ‘normal’ July 2019 data,” he told the Washington Examiner.
“Indeed, apart from last year’s extraordinary July number, the July 2021 number is the highest on record,” Brauer continued.
That said, July’s figure of 2,882,672 FBI background checks was still the lowest month of the year thus far. Those include checks for security clearances and concealed carry permits, as well as gun sales.
Oliva with NSSF said that beating last year’s gun sales, amid widespread, sustained rioting and crime spikes, may be tough. Sales of new guns at this point last year topped 13 million. Now, sales are at around 12.1 million.
Nevertheless, to demonstrate just how massive gun sales have been, in all of 2019 gun sales only amounted to 13.2 million.
The marketing director at Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, Justin Anderson, gave Washington Examiner a Main Street view of what he believes is going on.
“I think the current slowdown is the result of the traditional summer slump that hits the industry every year,” he told the outlet.
“While we’re down from last year’s records, we are still well ahead of 2019. I expect business will pick up at the end of August, early September, which is normal,” he added.
“Fueling that will also be more availability of popular firearms, as well as more ammunition as the manufacturers have ramped up production in both areas. We are now reaching what I consider a ‘New Normal,'” he said.
The record sales follow a trend.
CBS News reported in November that gun sales skyrocketed due in large part to rises in violent crime, especially murders.
“Everybody went to the grocery stores first to stock up on food, then they went to the gun stores,” Eric Wallace, owner and manager of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia, told the network.
Noted the NSSF at the time, “17.2 million background checks were completed this year, versus 15.7 million in 2016, the previous high-water mark for gun sales.”
“Politically-charged calls to defund police also continue to spur sales,” stated the foundation.