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From the NSSF . . .

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that at least 5.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021. Nearly 30 percent of all firearm purchases last year went to new gun owners, based on NSSF’s retailer surveys and adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background checks.

That figure is a 10 percent decrease from the 40 percent of first-time gun buyers revealed in similar surveys in 2020. More than 21 million background checks were conducted for the sale of a firearm then, with over 8.4 million of those estimated to be for those buying a firearm for the first time.

“We welcome these new gun owners to the greater community of law-abiding Americans who choose to own a firearm for lawful purposes, including self-defense, recreational target shooting and hunting,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “The surveys revealed that new gun owners are continuing to embrace their Second Amendment rights and nearly half of them are seeking out professional training. These trends show that not only is there still a strong interest in gun ownership but also that these new gun owners are interested in learning more about the safe and responsible handling, use and storage of firearms.”

Similar retailer surveys in 2020 showed a 58 percent increase of African-Americans buying guns in 2020 vs. 2019, with a 49 percent increase of Hispanic-Americans during the same time period and a 43 percent increase of Asian-Americans buying firearms in 2020 compared to 2019. Nearly 60 percent of retailers said the increase of these demographic groups of first-time buyers purchasing firearms remain unchanged from 2020 to 2021.

NSSF’s 2021 survey of retailers showed several other key findings:

  • Nearly 47 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 inquired about training and 43 percent signed up for training.
  • Nearly 23 percent of retailers indicated that first-time gun buyers in 2020 purchased another firearm in 2021.
  • Over 33 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 were women.
  • 44 percent of retailers saw an increase of African-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 40 percent of retailers saw an increase of Hispanic-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 27 percent of retailers saw an increase of Asian-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 18 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 14 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders purchasing firearms in 2021.

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  1. “Thirty Percent of Firearm Sales Went to 5.4 Million More New Gun Owners in 2021”

    Wher did the other 70% go?

        • Don’t knock the Amish! We shop at an Amish organic farm. Meats, dairy, produce. They are in a constant battle with the FDA because the Amish standards for organic are stricter that the FDA’s. Example: the FDA wants them to use a GMO-based citric acid as a preservative, while the Amish make their own. Been to a couple of court hearings over this. Petty…just an excuse to harass small farmers.

          We’ve been going there for years. They are dedicated to food purity. Interestingly, they never say anything about my sidearm.

        • avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

          “The Amish don’t have to worry about gas prices.”

          Well, yeah, but they also have to literally shovel shit on a daily basis… 😉

    • tsbhoa.p.jr,

      And we know that document is legitimate because … ???

      I have to think that the World Court would have its own website and provide copies of any indictments on their website. Suggesting that they keep indictments on Google drive is hard to believe for several reasons.

      • Yes. Exactly. Notice how it only appears on mostly fringe sites that are known to be used for such things, and appeared about the same time indicating it was distributed by private source rather than gained from official source by journalistic investigation. Plus the icc makes no mention of it and does not distribute such things.

        • I red that whole thing and did some more research…

          Contrary to the post by tsbhoa.p.jr – the document to which he links is not an “indictment”, and is not “before” the ICC as the document states. Its not even in a format for an ICC case before the court or for an ICC indictment, its not even in the proper required format for a complaint submitted to the ICC.

          It uses contradictory terms and information through that negate each other, and makes assertions clearly based upon emotional angst and “I think”. It also in its ‘presentation of fact’ sections uses subjective, unrelated, and obviously false (in many cases), information mixed together to form the “facts”. In one section it uses claims a a legal principal then goes on to outline everything that negates the legal principal they are clamming applies. And in the end, where its purpose is stated, it only requests an inquiry be opened and its exhibits for ‘fact substantiation” are web sites from which they draw out of context information and a couple of letters they take out of their intended context, then 99.9% of what they link to is only select documents for which the information for them changed over time as things developed as anything of this nature might and they cherry pick these. Then the document alleges this is all part of some grand conspiracy with its roots in Nazi Germany in WWII and enacted by the military in 1990 as a means to depopulate the world to change the political landscape so an un-elected centralized elite-class can rule a totalitarian dominated world.

          This is fake.

  2. My 2 cents for the new to this game…A firearm does no more and no less than what your hands tell it to do. Therefore you own whatever the firearm does lock, stock and barrel.

  3. If this were the 80’s-90’s Dems would be showing this data to their racist suburban constituencies to drum up support for the Brady Bill and AWB.

  4. Now let’s see how many black people, women, and Hispanic people vote right instead of voting against their own safety.

    And while I’m at it, the whole “Hispanic” construct is appalling. Dominicans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans etc. may speak the same language (more or less), but their cultures and politics can be very different.

    • I’m not sure it is significantly more appalling than expecting uniform culture and politics in the white/black or man/woman categories.

        • avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

          That’s rapidly changing, and in our favor.

          Folks from south of the border are also now voting ‘R’ roughly 50 percent of the time…

    • LOL.
      I’ve an acquaintance who recently moved to Missouri. He was bragging on Missouri’s constitutional carry laws and his new found gunm freedom. When I asked him what political party he votes for he stated “I vote Democrat , always have always will.”

    • “their cultures and politics can be very different”

      what they have in common is 1) they all view everyone not themselves as outsiders, and 2) they all view the united states as a free-for-all welfare source.

  5. “Broadening the Base: Thirty Percent of Firearm Sales Went to 5.4 Million More New Gun Owners in 2021”

    not good news, really. a lot of them will be leftists, and leftist ideology posits that political power comes out of the barrel of a gun, a fact that the right has forgotten or deliberately deprecated.

    • All sides of the arguement recognize that guns are needed for their agenda. I want my guns to protect myself from the likes of you and dacian the nazi.

    • .40 cal Booger,

      I highly recommend low-power variable optic (LPVO) scopes over holographic sights on AR-15 rifle platforms.

      If you anticipate having to use your rifle in self-defense at close range, you can dial the scope down to 1x magnification (which is no magnification at all). Alternatively, if you want accurate aiming out to 200+ yards, you can dial your scope up to 4x or even 6x magnification depending on the specific scope that you buy.

      You basically get all of the benefits of a holographic site plus the benefit of magnified sighting for long range shooting. I personally cannot begin to imagine why anyone would chose a holographic site over an LPVO scope.

      • “I personally cannot begin to imagine why anyone would chose a holographic site over an LPVO scope.”

        Holographic sites are inferior to other non magnified optics, but I’ll assume you’re using that as a catch all to refer to any sort of dedicated 1x sighting system. In which case, weight and cost are two major factors, but in general I’d be inclined to agree with you: MSRs, and AR pattern rifles in specific, are true jack of all master of none type weapons, so it makes sense to attach a jack of all master of none type optic. That being said, I do understand the counter argument as well

        • Always hated having the aimpoint instead of the acog until deployment and having to deal with relatively narrow streets where all of your mentioned points come up. There are uses for all kinds of optics its just matching them to what you want/need that is tricky.

  6. The real question is how accurate was the survey. The Far Right are quick to jump on this survey because it suits their political agenda but they reject a far more accurate survey that stated “The majority of gun owners including the majority of Congressmen including Republican Congressmen favor Universal Background Checks and Safe Storage Laws.

    When the tragic Texas shopping mall mass murder followed hours later by the Dayton, Ohio mass murders Mitch McConnell stated the Republicans were going to pass more gun control and they were only waiting for Trump to say he would sign the new bills.

    So even if we assume the gun industries propaganda of 30 percent of purchasers were first time gun owners it does not mean shit because surveys show the majority of gun owners and Congressmen support more gun control.

    • You’ve already lost and it terrifies you. All you fascists lust for life and death control over all people and you cannot get it with a population that is armed.

      You are an absolute moron and it does my heart good to see your type of tyrant crash and burn.

      • Except dear High School Drop out (that claims to know everything about anything and what he does not know is not worth knowing) we gun control Socialists are winning because in the last 10 years the great majority of gun control laws are still on the books and were blessed by the power mad anti-gun courts. That fact you have no defense against nor any far right propaganda that can refute current gun laws. Ten years later they are still the law.

        Time grows short for you and the Far Right Jethro. We Socialists are now in control and we have 3 more years at least in power, probably 8 more years, as its damn hard to defeat an incumbent President unless he is a disaster like Trump was. That was easy getting rid of him.

        • “Time grows short for you and the Far Right Jethro. We Socialists are now in control and we have 3 more years at least in power, probably 8 more years, as its damn hard to defeat an incumbent President unless he is a disaster like Trump was. That was easy getting rid of him.”

          You’re not a socialist; you are a Communist. You desire to overthrow the capitalist system. That makes you seditious and an insurrectionist as well.

        • Your statement proves both that you are a moron and mentally ill.

          As for education, dacian the nazi, what degrees do you have?

        • To Wannabe Paratrooper

          You are an abject bold faced liar. I have stated many times that European Socialism is financed by free enterprise but they have limits on what the Capitalvanians can get away with. Their Socialist programs and drug review boards watch out for the common man and that is the beauty of their Socialist systems in Europe.

          I have also stated many times communism died with Joseph Stalin. Even the News Media which often calls China Communist is in error as well as they run their country on free enterprise and its production is not determined by the State but is often subsidized by it that is why they can often undersell our products. Yes on occasion the Government funds big projects like their high speed rail system but the U.S. Government has funded many big projects in the past as well.

          Sorry try again Liar, Communism seems to be the big bad monster always hiding under your bed at night. The joke on your ignorance is that the monster died out many decades ago.

  7. The survey is based on observations by the retailers.

    Asking two people that I know personally who own and run firearm stores, they report the same observations. Both are geographically separated, and the politics of their respective areas are different.

    Take it for what it is. Surveys like this are more accurate than polls because the polls have leading questions by opinion, and surveys rely on direct observation.

    • FormerParatrooper,

      I have a neighbor couple who are politically pretty far Left. The wife is 100% pure white Anglo-Saxon Protestant and the husband is 100% pure Mexican Catholic (and an immigrant). Neither of them have ever embraced firearm ownership. Early into the pandemic in 2020 they went out and purchased their first handgun/s and first rifle/s.

      I am totally confident that a LOT of people of all genetic and ethnic backgrounds, who never imagined owning firearms before, went out and purchased their first firearms in 2020 or 2021.

  8. States with weaker gun laws have higher rates of firearm related homicides and suicides, study finds

    Once again Robert Reich is vindicated when he was quoting much older studies that came to the same conclusion years ago i.e. more guns means more homicides. European laws also proved that less guns and tougher laws meant less homicides.

    California had the strongest gun laws in the country. Hawaii topped the list with the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country while Mississippi led the country with both the weakest gun laws and highest rate of gun deaths. “What this project does, is show what we’ve been saying for years: Gun laws save lives,

    The analysis, first reported by CNN, put California at the top of the list for gun law strength — a composite score of 84.5 out of 100, with a low rate of 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 residents, and below the national average of 13.6. Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country with the second strongest gun law score. It also has the lowest rate of gun ownership, with firearms in 9% of households, the data shows.

    “Gun laws work, and we need them across the board to ensure that felons, domestic abusers, and those with mental health issues can’t simply go to the next state over to circumvent the very laws meant to keep guns out of their hands.”

    Mississippi has the weakest gun laws with a score of 3 out of 100 and has a rate of 28.6 gun deaths per 100,000 residents — the highest of all states, the research shows.
    Massachusetts has adopted 37 of the 50 policies and has the second-lowest rate of gun deaths, while Missouri has only eight of the gun safety policies and the fourth highest rate of gun deaths in the US. Louisiana and Wyoming are among the top five states with the highest gun deaths and the weakest gun safety laws.

    A list of five foundational laws that have proven to be the most effective in lowering gun violence rates. These include requirements for a background check and/or permits to purchase handguns; a permit to carry concealed guns in public; the secure storage of firearms; the rejection of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws; and the enactment of ‘extreme risk’ laws that temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when there is evidence that they pose a serious risk to themselves or others,

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/20/us/everytown-weak-gun-laws-high-gun-deaths-study/index.html?utm_term=164333172124745e0bc7925bc&utm_source=cnn_What+Matters+for+January+27%2C+2022&utm_medium=email&bt_ee=m%2FUPrwYycqEPdEjKiKIdPNnGCoa%2FgVMGAJFaIEo661fYWtG6BjsnFDH9iig7bk6N&bt_ts=1643331721249

    • What you failed, well what Robert failed to do, was further to explain who, where, what and when with these statistics. Who were the assailants, and the victims. How many were in commissions of a crime such as robbery? How much was contributed to gang violence? How many where repeat violent offenders on bail or parole? How many where just average every day people who just snapped? Where in the States like Missouri were the concentrations of the violence? How many justifiable uses were conflated to boost the numbers? What is the rest of the story to these statistics you copy and paste?

      The foundational laws you copied read like a wish list for authoritarians.

      Rejecting stand your ground is rewarding predator’s for bad behavior, that only increases such behavior. If you are legally somewhere, doing nothing illegal, why must you be the one who has to leave? If someone confronts you with deadly force, retreat is dangerous.

      Extreme risk laws are not very well crafted. You can deprive someone of property based on hearsay and is easily able to be used to harass someone. The plaintiff is not held responsible for false filing. Bedside’s, if someone is an extreme risk and proven to be, they should be held after a psychological review proving they are a extreme risk.

      Requiring permits to own firearms is also nothing but a revenue stream. What about those who cannot afford the permitting process? In some States you must pay handsomely for the privilege to practice a Right. You would deny them their Rights just because they are poor? How progressive of you. I bet you would deny the someone the ability to purchase a firearm without an ID and let them vote still.

      Robert reads like a confused Communist with Nazi sympathies.

      • to Paratrooper wannabe

        No laws are perfect but your rant is to do nothing and hope the problem just goes away as well as screaming “Losses can never be too high because I will not be inconvenienced with sane gun laws that ever other civilized nation has had for decades”.

        And I might add everything you ranted about is proven false by the horrendous piles of dead bodies every year in the U.S. that far surpass every other industrialized nation. You would think the dim light bulb in your head would go on and ask the question” What are they doing right and what are we doing wrong?????

        • Not at all what I said. I showed the issues, challenged you to provide real data to back up your assertion, or Roberts assertions as you copy and pasted.

          You failed. Your just an old failure wishing for the utopia you dreamt of in your days of doing LSD and playing the bongos.

      • To Wanabe Paratrooper

        Why do the sane gun laws of foreign countries work so much better than our lack of such laws????????????????????

        • Misdirection. We have plenty of laws.

          The questions posed to you are the debate. Can you show the data I challenged you on? Or are you going to continue to avoid the challenge? Man up Dacian. Your time to shine.

        • To wanabe Paratrooper

          You response of “We have Plenty of Laws” may work on the unwashed but not on anyone who is a product of higher education. You know as well as I do that the myriad of State Laws are useless when neighboring states have few laws which let criminals and lunatics simply cross the border and buy all the guns they want or simply by second hand guns funneled into their state from states with lax laws. Police tracings and numerous studies prove it beyond all doubt which you always reject with the wave of a hand. So quit lying between your teeth that we have enough gun laws. Your an abject liar and everyone knows it.

          And the Data you scream about was and will be rejected by you even if it came from Jesus Christ himself or Buddha as you have done this many time before screaming “Do not confuse me with the facts because it does not fit my nut case far right agenda”.

          If you had bothered to read my link you would have been led right back to were the data came from. That makes you twice a fool today. And another fool for screaming you will not believe it.

        • “And the Data you scream about was and will be rejected by you even if it came from Jesus Christ himself or Buddha as you have done this many time before screaming “Do not confuse me with the facts because it does not fit my nut case far right agenda”. ”

          What a lot of words to say you cannot back up the assertion.

          What States allows criminals to buy firearms?

          I went to the link, it was a study by the Trace, hardly hard hitting journalism and research there.

    • An old vietnamese proverb.
      A scorpion named Sandy needed a lift across the Missouri river. He ask a Frog named Pam if she would carry him across. Pam the frog said ” What, are you crazy? That’s along way across what’s in it for me? The Sandy the scorpion thought about it a little while and said” I’ve got a Ferrari and a no limit credit card.” Sandy said ” Hop on board boy, I’m going to take you on a ride.”
      All was going well until about mid stream some black dude on the wheel with a bunch of guys looking like Rambo came roaring up the river in a speed boat.
      All of a sudden the black dude looks over and says, ” Sandy Pam on the port bow, Sandy Pam on the port bow. ”
      He cut the rudder left and chopped them both up into itty bitty pieces.
      The moral of the story is if your a vietnamese frog or scorpion living in Missouri dont give yourself a name like Sandy or Pam.

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