No matter who wins the presidential election, we can all agree that 2020 was the year of the gun sale.
According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, 2020 became the highest selling year for firearms in American history. Over 16.5 million firearms were sold through the month of October. This represented an increase of roughly 1.6 million when compared to the entire year of 2016. That year’s total sales was a record at the time. Additionally, 2020’s gun sale figures were four million higher than those in 2019, which represents a 33 percent increase. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) believes that approximately seven million people bought a firearm for the first time between January and October.
These sales are taking place at a time when the country is being rocked by a pandemic, an economic collapse, and social unrest on the streets. Many local governments have become derelict in their management of public order and have let criminals rampage and prey upon the innocent. As a result, many Americans are making a rational call by arming themselves during this time of hysteria.
“This much is clear as we head into Election Day: Americans of all political persuasions are exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and doing so in record numbers,” NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva declared.
First-time gun buyers could end up handing President Trump a decisive re-election victory. The Biden/Harris campaign’s gun control platform is very radical. If elected, Joe Biden would have the federal government enact a universal background check system and impose stiff regulations on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. Biden had a long track record of promoting gun control measures, such as the Gun-Free School Zones Act, while serving in the Senate. Undoubtedly, he will try to expand upon this if he is elected and get a majority in the Senate.
“It cannot be discounted that today’s gun buyers are faced with polar opposites of presidential candidates when it comes to protecting Second Amendment rights,” Oliva stated. “President Donald Trump vowed to safeguard this right and former vice president Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, have both embraced outright confiscation of lawfully owned firearms as the headliner of the most far-reaching gun-control agenda to be presented to the American voter.”
“America is watching and is already voting with their wallets when it comes to lawful firearm ownership,” he continued. “This has been a sustained period of firearm sales since March. This is clearly not a one-off event.”
Say what you want about Americans, but they sure love their guns and will do whatever they can within the confines of the law to secure themselves and their property.
2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020
Gun grabbers take another L.
2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms.
In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020.
These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses.
Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws.
The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.
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