Report: Gun Buying ‘Accelerated’; More Than 5 Million New Owners

A new report confirms millions of people bought guns for the first time om 2020-2021.
A new report confirms millions of people bought guns for the first time om 2020-2021.

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- A new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine says firearm purchases in the U.S. accelerated between January 2020 and April 2021, producing an estimated 5.4 million new gun owners who “brought the weapons into homes that had not previously had them.”

The survey was conducted by Professor Matt Miller at Northeastern University.

As reported by The Guardian, “the total number of gun purchases rose from 13.8 million to 16.6 million between 2019 and 2020. Of those, approximately half of all new gun owners were female and nearly half were people of color.”

According to raw data published monthly by the FBI, last year saw 39,695,315 total background checks initiated with the National Instant Check System (NICS). Through November of this year, there have been 35,778,134 NICS checks initiated, with December still outstanding. Last year set a new record, with much credit going to public concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic followed by rioting and civil disorder in major cities combined with efforts by far-left municipal governments to reduce the size of their police departments and cut their funding. Resulting lawlessness and rises in crime have led to more gun purchases as people took more responsibility for their own safety.

Source: FBI National Instant Background Check System.

Not all NICS checks correspond to a firearm sale, the FBI acknowledges. The National Shooting Sports Foundation provides a monthly “adjusted figure” with an estimate of the number of checks that do involve an actual gun sale.

According to Mark Oliva, NSSF public affairs director, “November 2021’s NSSF-Adjusted NICS total of 1,543,378 brings the year-to-date total to 16,722,291 background checks for the sale of a firearm.

“This milestone figure of more than 16.7 million background checks for a gun sale shows there is still a strong appetite for lawful firearm ownership,” he added. “Americans are voting with their wallets when it comes gun rights in record numbers.”

The Guardian story asserted, “How much of the increase can be attributed to the pandemic is unclear, since background checks upon which most gun studies are extrapolated does not record reasons for sales.”

Primary funding for Miller’s research came from the anti-gun Joyce Foundation.

Miller told The Guardian, “Coinciding with the WHO’s declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, there as an acceleration of gun sales superimposed on a more gradual increase that was apparent over the previous 15 years, and that acceleration was fairly dramatic. There were close to 1.5 million new gun owners in 2020, a substantial increase over 2019.”

As reported by the newspaper, since a majority of the new gun buyers had “previously lived in homes without guns,” the study said the increase in gun ownership “collectively exposes another 11m people in those homes to the risk of household firearms.” It isn’t explained how those firearms pose a risk.

The study revealed, “Approximately half of all new gun owners were female (50% in 2019 and 47% in 2020 to 2021), 20% were Black (21% in 2019 and in 2020–2021), and 20% were Hispanic (20% in 2019 and 19% in 2020–2021).”

These are not the kind of demographics the gun prohibition lobby likes to acknowledge, since it suggests millions of people have changed their minds about depending upon law enforcement for protection. There was another acknowledgment in the study report you’re not likely to read about in the establishment media: “While guns statistics are notoriously difficult to apply to real-life events, the increase in gun sales doesn’t necessarily suggest a rise in violent crime, or necessarily a rise in accidents and suicides.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, The Guardian beat everybody else in reporting the study. As noted by the study, “The large increase in the number of NICS checks beginning in March 2020 sent journalists searching for stories, most of which were conceived with reference to the developing COVID-19 pandemic. A salient narrative emerged that focused on a putative surge in new gun owners, especially among racial minorities and women. News reports often cited the only source of COVID-19–era gun sales available early in the pandemic: a small, nonrepresentative survey of 175 firearm retailers that estimated 40% of firearm purchasers since the pandemic began were first-time gun owners.”

Heading into 2022, it will no doubt be at least some speculation over whether this spike in new gun ownership translates to a stronger gun rights voting bloc for the November midterm elections.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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DDS

In my experience, for many first time buyers, it is a shock when they’re asked to fill out that 4473. They’ve been told for years that you just walk in, plop down payment, and walk out with an M60. The reality of the background check is often a literal eye opener. You can see them asking themselves, “What else have I been told that isn’t true?” For many the moment passes. For others, it is their “Road to Damascus” moment. You can almost feel the pendulum slipping from the Left’s grasp and starting in our direction. What is needed is… Read more »

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swmft

that is where independents come from, someone raised socialist will never fully be able to understand a conservative, people who feed others not because they have to but because it is the right thing to do. I will bet nearly all the people that are in the shoplifting gangs are on public assistance

Monkey Mouse

Here in commie NJ, many of the 1st time buyers ask for the “gun show loophole” at the gun store so they can just get the firearms after paying. They are all upset that you need to get an FID card (usually less than a month, but up to 6 months with COVID demand) – not to mention a pistol permit for every pistol and you have to wait minimum 30 days to purchase another pistol.

Comical

GomeznSA

DDS – and ypu didn’t even get into such ‘minor’ issues as ‘waiting periods’ FOIDs and background checks. Reality slapping them upside the head really does wake some of them up. Will it be enough” Time will tell.

Nurph

Yea, that 4473 opens a lot of eyes. That & the unconstitutional waiting periods in communist states.

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Arny

Democrats have always been the best salesman when it comes to firearms & ammunition. Want to guess what stocks their financial portfolios contain ? But I’m sure they had no idea since they have someone else making these investments on their behalf. lol

Darkman

Jury Nullification.

swmft

fix the wrongs created by power hungry

Montana454Casull

Everybody is arming up for the civil war the left instigated the last 5 years . The hate and discontent the left has propagated the last 5 years is going to explode into all out civil war real soon . Blow up right in thier damn faces . Lock and load .

Ronnie

The More CITIZENS Become ARMED CITIZENS = 1- Crime Rates will Drop 2- with OPEN BORDER’s We ALL are in danger ( thx brandon) 3- We The PEOPLE – ARE “EXERCISING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS” ! This is One Of the Many reasons Our Gov. Is getting SCARED – People are Waking Up ! And IF “EVERYONE WOULD READ OUR ” DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” YOU ALL WILL UNDERSTAND “THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DOCUMENT” Because Something really Bad Is Being PLAYED OUT – RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES” ! We ALL Are ‘ OBLIGATED TO PERFORM THE RIGHTFUL DUTIES AS CITIZENS… Read more »

Wild Bill

I sure hope that you are right about people waking up. I have relatives that still vote democrat (because Mom did ) without knowing a thing about the individual candidates. Those relatives are not waking up so I wonder about the rest of the population.

swmft

your mom voted for lbj so sorry, she likely voted for george wallace too.. likely closet raciest, I grew up with two military parents. one of dads best friends was a red tail (think they flew together in ww2

Boris Badenov

My passing experience at the local firearms dealer is, far too many don’t have a clue wtf they are purchasing and the dealer really doesn’t give a darn, they’ll sell whatever they have in the case to whoever, yes, I understand that when they are swamped they don’t have hours to spend teaching. Granny really needs a 44 Magnum with a 2″ barrel, or a 12 gage. Most haven’t a clue between a semi or a revolver and how they operate. ZERO forken research before heading out to the local gun shop. I’ve tried to explain to some friends and… Read more »

willyd

This is why if someone asks me about purchasing a gun, I strongly suggest that I go along just to make sure they don’t come with something they will not be workable for their use, then it’s off to the range for some training and practice. This way you can really get that person interested in shooting sport!