Firearm Sales Spike for Second Straight Month, Up Over 71 Pct. in April

Nick Kangadis | May 5, 2020

When Americans feel that their rights - in any way - are being infringed upon by any segment of the federal, state or local governments, they have a tendency to become especially protective over their First and Second Amendment rights. After all, without the Second Amendment the First Amendment probably wouldn't last that long.

According to statistics released on Monday by Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting (SAAF), gun sales saw a huge spike for the second straight month. April sales jumped 71.3 percent (1,797,910 firearms sold) compared to April 2019. March was even bigger month for gun shops as sales were up 85.3 percent (2,583,238 firearms sold) over the previous March.

"This shows us there is continued appetite among Americans to be able to provide for their own safety during times of uncertainty. These are buyers who have witnessed their governments empty prisons," National Shooting Sports Foundation spokesman Mark Oliva told Fox Business. "Police departments are stretched beyond capacity in many cases. Law-abiding Americans recognize this and exercising their right to own a gun and defend themselves and their loved ones."

Fox Business also reported:

Also announced Monday were the FBI’s firearm background check numbers, which showed 2.9 million checks for last month.

The week of April 13-19 is now among the top 10 highest weeks since the system was tracked in November 1998. During that week in April, the FBI conducted 766,739 checks.

For a recent local report on the impact of the pandemic on local gun shops, watch below: