Even as the sales of firearms have begun to slow in recent months, according to the latest data U.S. gun sales in the first seven months of 2021 were 13 percent higher than over the same period last year – which also blew away all previous records.
With some 25.1 million firearms sold between January 1 and July 31, it was the largest seven months of the year figure since sales were first recorded in 1998.
According to a report from 24/7 Wall Street, sales of firearms rose 40 percent last year, reaching nearly 39.7 million, which was also a high-water mark in annual gun sales.
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What is also notable about last year’s increase in firearms sales is that it wasn’t just the traditional buyers adding to their personal arsenals. While existing gun owners may have certainly sought out a new firearm for the range, or to bolster their home defense plan, 2020 saw some 11 million new gun owners.