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The Spike in Gun Violence Continues, with 2021 on Pace to Be the Worst Year in Decades
19 September 2021
Gun and ammo sales
Last year, Americans bought a record number of 23 million firearms -- up 65% from 2019, according to Small Arms Analytics (SAAF), a consulting firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that among those purchasing guns in 2020, 8.4 million of them were new gun owners.
At the beginning of 2021, gun sales continued to spike, with 2.2 million firearms sold in January, according to SAAF. While gun purchases began to decrease in most of the preceding months compared to 2020 levels, the number of purchases remains higher than previous years.
In August, the year-over-year sale of firearms was down 25% compared to the previous year. However, the number of sales is still far outpacing those 'of any year except for 2020,' according to SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer.