Gun Sales Rise Dramatic Among COVID-19 Fears

As the numbers of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, so do the numbers of gun sales.

According to an analysis recently released by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF), a record 2.5 million guns were sold in March. That figure is up 85% compared with the same month last year. Even with gun shops shut down by order of some mayors and governors, Americans still set records.

The FBI reported a record 3.7 million background checks in March. The previous record was 3.3 million in December 2015. This is all before statistics for April are in, but SAAF expects a similar rise, due to increasing fear and anxiety over COVID-19.

SAAF uses the FBI records for its projections but adjusts them because not all background checks equate to purchases.

With its adjustments, SAAF estimated more than 1.5 million single handgun sales and more than 835,000 single long-gun sales in March. Of the 210,000 likely sales, most were multiple purchases that can’t be broken down into rifles and handguns.

Last March’s numbers were about 800,000 single handgun sales and about 480,000 single long-gun sales.

“Much of the industry’s inventory will have been depleted, so we anticipate that weapons and ammunition prices will increase [going forward] as well,” said SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brewer.

by Mike F. Strong


Are you stocking up on guns and ammo during this crisis? Please reply using the comments below.


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  • Most people buying now will probably shoot themselves in the foot or someone by accident, no gun safe training required in some states for purchasing a firearm

    Richard Wilmer on
  • Intelligent people are preparing for what is bound to come and soon.

    kurt on
  • I do not think it is because of the virus unless you call democrats a virus. Americans know that if the democrats ever get back power, our freedom will be taken from us unless we fight to keep it. These modern democrats are not the democrats your grandpa used to vote for. These democrats want to control every aspect of our lives, and no one will like it, even the naive people that vote for them not understanding what they are really all about.

    Rick on
  • I was stocked up way before the virus

    Marty Capo on
  • Was looking for a mini shell Mossburg with a screw in choke but gave up.

    Thomas on

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