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Gun Sales Are Collapsing in Texas

Gun sales in America, as estimated by background checks, jumped at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained high until well into 2021. Several days and weeks in that period set all-time records. Total sales were 28,369,750 in 2019 and 39,659315 in 2020. These figures come from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check […]

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An increase in the number of people purchasing firearms for the first time occurred during the period of increased demand. Women and minorities also saw an increase in sales. In 2020, 20% of all new gun sales were made by first-time buyers.

Gun sales have fallen both month-to-month and year-to-year in recent months. In June, the rate of decline increased. The total number of guns sold in June of last year was 3,054,726. The total number of firearms sold in the United States in December was 2,570,608. 6.4 million fewer background checks for gun purchases have been performed in the first half of 2022 as compared to the same period in 2021, representing a 28.7% decrease.

In Texas, the decline in gun sales is slowing, but not as much as in the rest of the country. During the first six months of 2022, the number of FBI firearm background checks in the state decreased by 19.4 percent from the same period the previous year, from 1,062,416 to 855,905.

This year’s surge has slowed, but it’s unclear why. “While gun sales have been increasing for decades — they often spike in election years and after high-profile crimes,” the New York Times reported in May of 2021, “Americans had gone on an unusual, prolonged buying spree fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, protests last summer and the fears they both stoked.”

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