U.S. Firearms Sales: February 2020 Unit Sales Again Increase Drastically

Approximate United States Firearms Sales January 2000 to February 2020
The Approximate United States Firearms Sales from January 2000 to February 2020

GREENVILLE, SC, USA & HALIFAX, NS, CANADA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimates February 2020 U.S. firearms unit sales at 1,357,643 units, a year-over-year increase of 17.3% from February 2019.

Likely single handgun sales (793,301) increased year-over-year by 19.5% whereas single long-gun sales (441,516) increased year-over-year by 12.4%. All other likely background check-related sales (122,826) increased year-over-year by 22.1%. This includes so-called “multiple” sales where the allocation between handguns and long-guns cannot be determined from the data record.

SAAF’s firearms unit sales estimates are based on raw data taken from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), adjusted for checks unlikely to be related to end-user firearms sales. For example, the FBI’s raw numbers (for February, some 2,776,380) cannot be taken at face value as very large numbers of background checks are unrelated to end-user sales. As a case in point, in February the state of Kentucky conducted about 368,000 so-called permit checks and rechecks alone whereas end-user checks at firearms retailers likely amounted to about 30,000 checks. SAAF makes certain other adjustments to the data based on retailer reports and other information; nonetheless, the estimates still likely understate the “true” number of unit sales.

SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer comments that “it appears as if firearms owners are casting early votes in the upcoming presidential election this year: Unit sales in both, January and February 2020 have been at their highest levels since 2016.”



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gunnerdd517
7 months ago

I sometimes wonder how much stock these anti gun&anti ammo own in the gun manufacturers. Then everytime they want some extra cash,they intro some stupid,no hope of passage anti gun bill, knowing it will drive up sales. I`m all for buying guns & ammo. Anytime. But, if the weasels in DC are getting fat from scaring us, buy in a calm season, not in a panic.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
7 months ago

The vipers running California have effectively placed 2nd Amendment roadblocks at every turn.
Gun safety test just to buy one, Restricted gun roster-only approved handguns by bureaucrats.
21 year old age restrictions on both long and handguns. Ten day waiting period. Ammunition background check. 10 round magazine limit.
So exactly, what is an infringement?

Bill
Bill
7 months ago

Gun owners better be voting in every single election they can vote in. That’s how these communists have whipped our asses and taken control of everything else besides the Whitehouse (for now).

Roy
Roy
7 months ago

More and more Americans realize that the 2nd. Amendment is the only thing that keeps this Country Free!

Bobocat
Bobocat
7 months ago
Reply to  Roy

More and more Americans realize it, now, the Democrats have to realize it.

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
7 months ago

Those numbers don’t reflect all the ghost guns, that are selling like hot cakes, build build and build away.

Bobocat
Bobocat
7 months ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

Ghost guns are being shipped in by the container load, remember Obama made one of the ports a sanctuary and we lost control of it. The port belongs to the United Arab Enerast.