Gun sales are surging in a surprising state
May 04, 2021 at 10:39
New York (CNN Business) Concerns about looming gun control legislation and rising crime continued to fuel gun sales in America throughout the month April, according to industry observers.
The FBI conducted more than 3.5 million gun-related background checks last month, a 20% year-over-year increase from April 2020, according to the latest FBI figures released Monday.
Nearly 1.7 million of those gun background checks were specifically for gun purchases, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group that cross references FBI data with actual sales figures provided by gun merchants to determine how many guns are sold monthly.
NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said the firearms industry sold more guns last month than in any April on record.
"April marked 13 months of elevated firearm sales, which have ranged between 1.5 million and 2 million each month," he said.
"Firearm sales spiked in March 2020 and have remained at unprecedented levels since.
It's a remarkable feat of firearm manufacturers to keep pace with this blistering demand."