Uncertainty and fear have always driven gun sales, and we’re seeing many first-time gun buyers exercising their Second Amendment rights. Last year’s sales were nearly double what we did in 2019, and the bubble is not bursting any time soon.”
Americans turned out in droves again last month to exercise their Second Amendment rights. According to new lawful background check numbers released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, February 2021 firearm sales increased significantly over February 2020.
“The February 2021 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,387,076 is an increase of 7.2 percent compared to the February 2020 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,294,123. For comparison, the unadjusted February 2021 FBI NICS figure 3,394,895 reflects a 22.3 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,776,380 in February 2020,” NSSF reports.
The numbers come as Democrats on Capitol Hill plan to ram through a new gun control bill without hearings or debate and as the Biden administration plans executive actions on the issue.
“February’s adjusted NICS data shows us that Americans continue to purchase firearms in record numbers, while at the same time, their elected representatives in Washington, D.C. and the Biden administration plot to steal away their right to purchase firearms. It’s not lost on the firearm industry that after a year of record-setting figures for gun sales, Democrats favoring gun control in both chambers of Congress are ignoring the will of their voters and introducing legislation to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens instead of concentrating efforts to reduce crime. It is staggering the tone-deaf response by politicians to attempt to curb gun owners’ rights and ignore criminals that break the law,” NSSF Director of Public Affairs Mark Oliva said about the numbers.
“February 2021 was third highest on record and showed a 7.2 percent increase over February 2019. This is positive growth in the firearm market, even when compared to double-digit and triple-digit performance that has been sustained for a year. It isn’t clear that market demand has been satisfied and there are other factors to consider. Firearm retailers in many locations are still showing empty display cases and low inventory, indicating that firearms are still sought after,” he continued.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The text of the Constitution expressly guarantees the right to bear arms, not just the right to keep them. The courts should invalidate regulations that prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying weapons in public, where the vast majority of violent crimes occur. First Amendment rights are not confined to the home, and neither are those protected by the Second Amendment.
In most American states, including many with large urban population centers, responsible adults have easy access to ordinary firearms, and they are permitted to carry them in public.
Experience has shown that these policies do not lead to increased levels of violence. Criminals pay no more attention to gun control regulations than they do to laws against murder, rape, and robbery.
Armed citizens, however, prevent countless crimes and have saved many lives. What’s more, the most vulnerable people—including women, the elderly, and those who live in high crime neighborhoods—are among the greatest beneficiaries of the Second Amendment.
If the courts require the remaining jurisdictions to stop infringing on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, their citizens will be more free and probably safer as well.