2021 Gun Sales Nearing Last Year's Record Number

Gun sales are continuing at a record clip, giving 2020 a run for its money.

FBI background checks have already surpassed 30 million this year even as the "Pandemic Panic" over COVID lockdowns, presidential election and Black Lives Matter riots eases.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed a total 39,615,395 checks in 2020.

"A lot of those people have turned from initial guy buyers for whatever reason, home protection, personal protection, worries about the government, have not turned into enthusiasts," says Ed Arrighi is with American Shooting Centers of Houston.

Women and African-Americans are fueling the frenzy.

Arrighi says they're now buying their second or third gun due in large part to the ongoing COVID protocols.

"Everybody has pretty much agreed that outdoor recreation is safe, so a lot of people are getting back to their roots and having outdoor experiences," he says.

"A lot of people are finding they want to pass on the tradition of hunting and fishing, all of those activities are very, very popular these days."

The good news is manufacturers have replenished their inventories, making buying a gun easier and cheaper these days.

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