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NAT’L – GUN RETAILERS – US handgun, long gun imports surge 60% in 2020: analysts (VIDEO)

U.S. imports of handguns and long guns surged by 60% in 2020 compared to the previous year and supplied more than a quarter of the nation’s demand for firearms, according to an analyst group’s Monday report.

The U.S. imported 6.4 million handguns and long-guns in 2020, compared to the 4 million in 2019, Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting announced. The plurality of these types of firearms came from Turkey – which exported 1,478,464 – as…

NAT’L – GUN RETAILERS – Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Checks On Guns

FORBES – March 10, 2021 – Americans are looking forward to another round of stimulus checks and gun shops are looking forward to another round of stimulus stockpiling.

As the House takes its final vote Wednesday on the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, many Americans are looking forward to spending their $1,400 stimulus checks at the gun store.

“Stimulus check equals gun…

NAT’L – Did Record Gun Sales Cause A Spike In Gun Crime? Researchers Say It’s Complicated

NPR – MARCH 3, 2021 – The year of the pandemic was also the year of the gun. Shootings took off in almost every city, large and small. New York saw shootings double, and nationally, non-suicide gun deaths jumped about 25%, according to the independent Gun Violence Archive.

At the same time, gun sales were up, too. In fact, 2020 marked the…

OK – RETAILERS – Bill passes House that would make it easier to buy a gun

It was a busy day at the OK State Capitol as the House floor saw the debate over a bill that would make it easier to buy a gun. House Bill 16-30 modifies how the state enforces the use and misuse of firearms in a number of ways, but the modification of certain background check procedures drew the most criticism.

NJ – RETAILERS – Urban Tactical Firearms: New gun store in Jersey City doing brisk business

FERNANDO COLON HAS HAD ONLY ONE ISSUE SINCE HE OPENED HIS GUN STORE, URBAN TACTICAL FIREARMS, IN JERSEY CITY AT THE START OF THE NEW YEAR: HE CAN’T KEEP ENOUGH GUNS IN STOCK.“SALES HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE ROOF,” HE SAID. “I CAN’T KEEP THEM ON MY SHELVES.” COLON SAID HE SELLS AN AVERAGE OF 60 FIREARMS A WEEK — WITH A GLOCK MODEL 19 THE MOST POPULAR PURCHASE, FOLLOWED BY SHOTGUNS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Storming the gun shops in jittery US

GLOBAL.CHINADAILY.COM.CN – February 8, 2021 – “We can’t keep guns on the shelf,” Charles Weston, owner of Drum Magazines in Kansas, Missouri, said of the rush on sales since the riot at the US Capitol on Jan 6 that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Gun sales in the United States hit a historic high of 2…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun sales in January set a new record after Capitol Hill insurrection

THE CAPITOL HILL INSURRECTION AND THE INAUGURATION OF A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT WHO CAMPAIGNED ON STRENGTHENING GUN CONTROL MEASURES HELPED THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY SET A JANUARY GUN SALES RECORD LAST MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST GUN-RELATED BACKGROUND CHECKS DATA RELEASED MONDAY. GUN MERCHANTS SOLD MORE THAN 2 MILLION FIREARMS IN JANUARY, A 75% INCREASE OVER THE ESTIMATED 1.2 MILLION GUNS SOLD IN JANUARY 2020.

OH – GUN NEWS – Buying a gun? Ohioans can now search state database of stolen firearms

NORWALK REFLECTOR.COM – February 3, 2021 – People who buy and sell firearms in Ohio can now search through a statewide database to see whether the gun for sale was stolen.

The Ohio Stolen Guns Database contains the serial numbers of stolen guns “as reported to the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) by law enforcement agencies throughout the state…

MN – RETAILERS – Minnesota gun sales soar after U.S. Capitol siege

MINNESOTA GUN SALES SPIKED IN JANUARY, AS RETAILERS REPORTED RUNNING TWICE AS MANY BACKGROUND CHECKS AS THEY DID THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. BY THE NUMBERS: THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION TALLIED MORE THAN 37,600 STATEWIDE REQUESTS TO THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM IN JANUARY — NEARLY DOUBLE THE 18,990 IN JANUARY 2020.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun sales in January set a new record after Capitol Hill insurrection

The Capitol Hill insurrection and the inauguration of a Democratic president who campaigned on strengthening gun control measures helped the firearms industry set a January gun sales record last month, according to the latest gun-related background checks data released Monday. Gun merchants sold more than 2 million firearms in January, a 75% increase over the estimated 1.2 million guns sold in January 2020, according to the National Shooting Sports Federation, a…

IN – RETAILERS – Yearlong run on ammo persists

AMMUNITION — WHEN IT CAN BE FOUND — IS FLYING OFF THE SHELVES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING IN TERRE HAUTE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MID-JANUARY TOP GUNS IN TERRE HAUTE HAD AVAILABLE THE POPULAR 5.56MM RIFLE AMMUNITION. VIDEOS DETAILING HOW AND WHEN CUSTOMERS COULD BUY THE AMMO, PRE-LOADED IN MAGAZINES AND PLACED IN RANGE BAGS, POSTED TO THE STORE’S FACEBOOK PAGE GARNERED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VIEWS. THE DAY THE AMMO WAS RELEASED FOR SALE, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP OUTSIDE TOP GUNS, ALL HOPING THEY’D GOTTEN THERE EARLY ENOUGH TO SNAG ONE OF THE PACKAGES.

OR – RETAILERS – Long waits for concealed gun licenses persist with COVID, surge in sales

“(EVERYBODY) WANTS A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT, IT SEEMS LIKE,” SAID SGT. BRENT WADDELL WITH THE CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN WASHINGTON. HIS DEPARTMENT, LIKE SO MANY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST, IS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH A MASSIVE BACKLOG OF CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSES, BROUGHT ON BY CLOSURES DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS. WASHINGTON AND OREGON DON’T REQUIRE LICENSES TO OWN GUNS, BUT PEOPLE DO NEED ONE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

TX – RETAILERS – Gun sales continue to surge following Biden’s win (VIDEO)

Following President Biden’s win, consumers are once again turning to guns in record numbers nationwide. When the pandemic first hit, gun and ammo sales jumped in Lubbock and across the U.S. Izzy Musquiz, the general manager at Sharp Shooters, said sales have not dropped since April. The demand for ammo is evident, with several bare shelves. “We’re probably selling record numbers in comparison to 2018, 2019 and all of…

FL – RETAILERS – ‘I’ve never seen it like this’ Local gun shop manager breaks down factors leading to ammo shortage (VIDEO)

2020 WAS A BIG YEAR FOR GUN SHOPS ACROSS THE NATION. NEARLY 5 MILLION AMERICANS BOUGHT A FIREARM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2020, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION. THREE WEEKS INTO THE NEW YEAR, THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF STOPPING — AND SOME LOCAL GUN OWNERS HAVE NOTICED IT’S HARDER TO GET THEIR HANDS ON AMMUNITION. ACCORDING TO A SURVEY TAKEN BY NSSF, AT VARIOUS GUN STORES, 40% OF SALES IN 2020 WERE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER PREVIOUSLY OWNED A GUN.

IL – RETAILERS – Local gun stores say despite high guns sales, owners are still struggling in the industry

REPORTS FROM THE NATIONAL SPORTING SHOOTS FOUNDATIONS SHOW MORE THAN 20 MILLION GUNS WERE PURCHASED OVER THE PAST YEAR. KEVIN MOODY, OWNER OF KAM SHOOTING SPORTS IN MORTON, SAID THE SPIKE IN GUN SALES FROM LAST YEAR IS SHOWING NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN. “NOT RIGHT NOW, NO,” MOODY SAID. “OTHER THAN IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET INVENTORY. THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING RIGHT NOW IS WE CAN’T ORDER ANYTHING.”

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Glocks, Ammo, AR-15s Sell Out As Biden Inauguration Foreshadows Tighter Gun Control

GLOCK HANDGUNS ARE SELLING SO FAST THAT DANIELLE JAYMES, GENERAL MANAGER OF POWAY WEAPONS & GEAR IN POWAY, CALIFORNIA SOLD A SHIPMENT OF 192 GLOCK 19S IN A WEEK, SHE SAID, AND 9MM AMMUNITION IS SO POPULAR THAT SHE RATIONS PURCHASES TO 100 ROUNDS PER DAY.

CA – RETAILERS – Glocks, Ammo, AR-15s Sell Out As Biden Inauguration Foreshadows Tighter Gun Control

GLOCK HANDGUNS ARE SELLING SO FAST THAT DANIELLE JAYMES, GENERAL MANAGER OF POWAY WEAPONS & GEAR IN POWAY, CALIFORNIA, CAN’T KEEP THEM IN STOCK. HER STORE SOLD A SHIPMENT OF 192 GLOCK 19S IN A WEEK, SHE SAID, AND 9MM AMMUNITION IS SO POPULAR THAT SHE RATIONS PURCHASES TO 100 ROUNDS PER DAY. “PEOPLE WILL TAKE WHATEVER THEY CAN GET BECAUSE SUPPLIES ARE SO LIMITED,” SHE SAID. “IF I HAD A MILLION ROUNDS OF 9 MM RIGHT NOW, I COULD SELL IT IN TWO DAYS.”

FL – RETAILERS – Central Florida gun owners camping out for ammunition

PEOPLE STARTED LINING UP IN FRONT OF THE DOOR AT ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS IN LAKE MARY AS EARLY AS 2 A.M. ON MONDAY WAITING FOR THE DOORS TO OPEN AT 9 A.M. WHEN FOX 35 NEWS ASKED SEVERAL OF THOSE IN LINE WHAT THEY WERE WAITING FOR, THEY ALL ANSWERED "AMMO." MANY VOICED THAT THEY ARE AFRAID OF WHAT NEW GUN LAWS COULD COME UNDER A NEW ADMINISTRATION. "I THINK WE ALL BELIEVE BIDEN IS GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM US TOO," ONE CUSTOMER SAID.

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