The fact that gun sales have been off the charts in 2020 is not news, but I was still surprised at the extremely high July sales numbers (using NICS checks as proxy). The second highest month on record.
My question isn’t why are so many people buying guns. I address that in my chat with Jake Charles from the Duke Center for Firearms Law, about the COVID (now COVID + social unrest) gun buying spree that begin in the spring.
My question is: Where are all the guns people are buying coming from? Inventory is crazy low at most of the retailers I have looked at. Are people just buying whatever happens to be in the stores?
In any event, for those who want to look at the great gun buying spree of 2020 in context, the newsadvocacy organization The Trace has created an interesting data visualization (the screen cap above is from it).
For those who are worried about a bunch of untrained newbies buying guns, don’t worry – no one has ammo.