Gun sales have held strong so far in 2020.
Dean Weingarten of Ammoland outlined several figures coming from the FBI illustrating the previous month’s record-breaking firearms sales.
The number of National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks that were processed last month was 3,626,335. This does not necessarily represent all gun sales. According to Weingarten’s numbers, 1,920,155 firearms were sold in November. The previous record of firearms sold in November was in 2016, when 1.623 million sales were conducted.
Last November, there were roughly 1.30 million sales. November 2020’s sales were 1.47 times greater than November 2019’s figures. Weingarten recounted that in 2020, thus far, sales have been 1.7 times higher than 2019.
Right now, 2020 gun sales stand around 18.76 million.
Given the number of firearms purchased so far in 2020, there are expected to be over 20 million firearms sold this year, which represents an all-time record. Weingarten believes that this projection of sales will increase “the private stock of firearms in the United States by about 4% when the gun sales for 2020 are included.”
The current wave of social unrest along with Christmas time shopping will very likely continue increased gun sales. With leftist politicians telling law enforcement to stand down and let radical activists tear up cities, Americans are beginning to understand the importance of the Second Amendment. Armed, lawful individuals are the best first responders in times of general turmoil. As they say, when seconds count, law enforcement is only seconds away.
Americans’ decision to buy firearms in record numbers shows that politicians will have a fight on their hands if they try to implement gun grabs. As long as there exists a strong pro-gun contingent within the American populace, the Second Amendment will continue to exist.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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