New Normal: Americans Bought Another 1.7 Million Guns in December, 4.5 Million in the Fourth Quarter
By Dan Zimmerman
Some will look at December’s adjusted background check (gun sales) total and note that it’s lower than five other Decembers in the past decade. Others will see more than 1.7 million civilian-owned firearms — over 4.5 added in the fourth quarter — and see that Americans’ desire for gun ownership is still quite healthy.
As the NSSF’s Mark Oliva told us . . .
The total of over 16.4 million background checks completed for the sale of a firearm in 2022 demonstrated that while retail sales of firearms were lower than the record shattering years of 2020 and 2021, there continues to be a strong desire from law-abiding Americans to purchase the firearms of their choice.
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