Millions of Americans have already become new gun owners this year, according to a new survey.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a firearms industry trade group, released its latest retailer survey on Thursday.
Dealers reported in the survey that roughly 3.2 million people purchased a gun for the first time during the first half of 2021.
“We are encouraged by the sustained interest in lawful and responsible gun ownership as well as by the manufacturing base which has been challenged to meet this remarkable demand,” Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO, said in a statement.
The survey findings suggest that increased demand among first-time buyers has continued following last year’s record-breaking estimates. The continuation of this trend could have notable political effects when public support for new gun laws has started to decline. The survey found that Americans aged 30 and under were the most represented age group among first-time gun buyers this year. That same age group has also shown the sharpest decline in support for new gun-control measures, according to polling data.