Gun Sales Reach New Highs in 2020 Especially Among African Americans

The NSSF reports that African Americans among the largest growing portion of new gun owners. IMG PCS/NAAGA

U.S.A. -(  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Project ChildSafe, and the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) are responding to record high gun sales in 2020, particularly among African Americans and first-time gun buyers, by providing free educational resources and tips on firearm safety and responsible storage for all new gun owners.

According to data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), 21 million background checks related to the sale of a firearm were conducted in 2020—a 60 percent increase over the previous year.

“NSSF estimates that 40 percent of those gun sales were for first-time gun buyers, totaling 8.4 million new gun owners in the United States in 2020,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “That kind of growth validates the relevance and importance of the Second Amendment but also speaks to an increasing need for firearm safety education. As a community of firearm owners, we all have a responsibility to use, transport, and store firearms safely, and NSSF is committed to getting this information in the hands of all our newest community members.”

Firearm ownership is also increasingly diverse as sales among women accounted for 40 percent of all sales, and purchases by African Americans increased by 56 percent compared to 2019.

“We’ve seen a trend of more African Americans choosing to express their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm, especially for personal protection,” said Philip Smith, President, and founder of NAAGA. “Purchasing a firearm is one step to protecting your family, but it also means safely storing your gun away from children, so they don’t hurt themselves.”

Programs like NSSF’s Project ChildSafe are addressing this growing demand for firearm safety education by providing gun owners with the resources needed to keep safe storage practices top of mind and to help teach this information. These include:

“As parents, we all have ‘the talk’ with our kids about things like drugs, sex, and making good decisions,” Smith says. “Talking about gun safety and responsibility is just as important, even if you don’t own a gun.”

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit

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IMOA, all gun organizations should be out there pushing for these people to attend gun safety classes and learn how the firearms function to include range time. Sign them up for an advanced course to further their gun knowledge.
Offer to help someone if you’re on a range and see them having issues. I’ve helped a couple on the range that appeared to be new shooters and I guessed right. They’ll probably be very thankful you took the time to help them. Make sure you encourage them to go get proper firearms training.


I have helped people that were having a difficult time with their firearms and I don’t remember when it wasn’t appreciated by them. People who were being unsafe and obviously knew better were reported to range officials to be corrected or tossed out. Life’s too short to get into an argument with someone holding a gun.


I noticed she wasn’t wearing a wedding ring.

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Blacks are finally coming to the realization that they also will come under the boot heel of the Communists in America when the Communists fully implement their Centrally Controlled Communist Police State Government! They are realizing (at least some of them) that they are being used as DUPES by the Communist Democraps for the Communists to install and integrate their full control government! The Biden/Harris presidency will, I believe, open the eyes of much of the Black Community to what the Communist Democraps are REALLY about!!!


Since the pesky Republicans freed the slaves, Democrats have feared nothing more than an educated and armed black population. That’s why democrat cities with large black populations have abysmal schools, and that’s why they make it so difficult to own, much less carry, firearms. Democrats still see black Americans as people servient to Democrat interests.