(PatriotHeadline.Com)- There were plenty of stories about how the demand for guns and ammunition has increased dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, we have some true data to back up those claims.
The Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting released an analysis Wednesday that showed that March saw more than 2.5 million guns sold throughout the United States. That was the busiest month for gun sales in history, despite many throughout the country being closed due to state shutdowns of non-essential businesses.
The 2.5 million mark was almost double the previous monthly record of 1.4 million guns that were sold back in March of 2019.
Those numbers were backed up by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which conducted its own analysis and came to the same conclusions. A spokesman for the NSSF, Mark Olivia, said:
“Our adjusted numbers are the largest month on record. The figures are simply eye-popping. Retailers have been telling us that the overwhelming majority of those buying firearms over the last month have been first-time gun owners. This puts to rest America’s thoughts on gun-control ideas.”
Fear has been prevalent throughout the country as the coronavirus continues to spread, and states put more restrictions on the movement of people. This fear — and the shortage of everyday supplies — caused people to buy guns and ammunition at a record pace.
Many have wondered just how high the numbers could have been had a number of states not shut down gun stores as part of their restrictions, calling them non-essential businesses.
The record number of sales was no surprise to Alan Gottlieb, who is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. His group has filed multiple lawsuits challenging the closure of gun stores in states throughout the country. As he said:
“This is no surprise. With a major uncharted health crisis that could result in a collapse of social order. With criminal inmates being let out of prison. With attempts to shut down gun stores and close down the ability of people to obtain firearms and ammunition for self-defense, [this is] what you would expect.”
Both of the recent studies conducted by the NSSF and SAAF are based on the number of background checks that were run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. They are then able to parse out which background checks were conducted specifically for the purchase of gun sales.
Not all gun sales require a background check in the U.S., though, so the actual number of sales could be even higher.
The chief economist for SAAF, Jurgen Brauer, said these record numbers not only show a sales boom, but also could indicate an inventory shortage in the coming months. He said he expects prices in April to increase because of this shortage.
In a statement, Brauer said:
“Much of the industry’s inventory will have been depleted, so that we anticipate that weapons and ammunition prices increased as well. The spurt in firearms sales in March 2020 was particularly notable for its handgun component: The ratio of handguns to long-guns sold now stands at a record 1.84, the highest ratio since the introduction of the NICS checks in late 1998.”