The Windy City has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and Illinois is hardly the friendliest state in the country to gun owners. And yet, despite that fact, the Land of Lincoln saw more than six million firearms sales from the beginning of the year until the end of June. Just four percent of the country’s population accounted for twenty-seven percent of gun sales for the first six months of 2021.
Illinois is clearly part of a trend: big gun sales thanks to the pandemic, a rise in crime, and fears over Democrats, might have planned on gun control. But will the trend hold?
The record sales in firearms have begun to dip slightly from last year when firearm sales rose by forty percent, but June 2021’s sales were still the second-highest on record for the same month.
As 247WallSt.com reported, the pandemic side of booming gun sales could be over, but the election of President Joe Biden – who has called for new gun control – has resulted in strong numbers. Whereas last year saw some eight million “first-time buyers,” the fever pitch of sales might eventually start to die down.