More than 1 million civilian guns were sold during June in the United States, marking the country's 35th consecutive month of surpassing that threshold — an American record.
Also, FBI background checks with firearms in June exceeded 2.57 million, an uptick from April and May. However, the June tally falls short of the March background checks, which eclipsed 3.08 million.
Expansive background checks also cover security clearances, concealed carry permits, and agency rechecks.
Factoring in the FBI info with background checks, the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) estimates the adjusted number of gun sales for June totaled 1.382 million — an 8.1% increase over June 2021.
"We're seeing a definite uptick in business in what historically is our slowest time of the year," says Justin Anderson, the marketing director of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hyatt Guns, one of the nation's largest sellers. "In particular, we're seeing a big surge in the purchase of everyday-carry handguns and associated gear."
Anderson added, "in our store, we're meeting many new gun buyers, with an emphasis on African-American and women buyers. People are becoming more and more informed at just how inept and unwilling government agencies are to protect them, and in some extreme cases, may threaten them.
"Along with that, our training classes are filling up quickly at our new shooting complex, just east of Charlotte. It remains an exciting time to be in the gun business!"
The surge with gun purchases represents a victory for groups that have been advocating for easier access to firearms, involving adults who can pass the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
"These figures are a strong reminder of the values and freedoms for which our nation stands, including the right of individuals to keep and bear arms for Americans of all walks of life," said Mark Oliva of the NSSF, a gun industry trade group.
Oliva added, "while President [Joe] Biden and gun control advocates demanded strict gun control legislation, Americans voted with their wallets that the Second Amendment is a right they are choosing to exercise by the millions every month."
On U.S. soil, every American citizen has the right the protect themselves, their property, and loved ones through the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which reads: "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 National Rifle Association reportedly has 5 million members; and yet, no active NRA member has ever been implicated in a mass shooting in America.
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