Gun sales have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world economy. The Riots in Major US cities have since caused those numbers to increase substantially.
The Washington Times reports that gun sales are up 72% in 2020, with first-time gun owners leading the way. 40% of those purchases are first-time gun owners. That comes out to around 5 million first time gun owners in the United States. Women and Black Americans are leading the charge within the new gun owner group.
This number may not tell the entire story. The National Sports Shooting Foundation estimated the number based on background checks. 12.1 million checks were conducted through July of 2020, with 40% of them being from first-time gun owners. Many more guns could have been purchased by first-time buyers that did not go through a background check.
Many of those wanting a gun for the first time will go to a trusted friend or relative that has experience with firearms. We have no way of knowing how many of those people purchased a gun from a friend or family member. That 5 million number could be as much as 10 million!