Americans are exercising their right to keep and bear arms in the United States as tensions rise and citizens feel increasingly uneasy about the chaotic state of the world.
A new report from Just the News revealed that a survey from the National Shooting Sports Survey (NSSF) showed roughly 5.4 million Americans purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021. This continues a surge in first-time firearm sales that began in 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, the NSSF survey reported that 22.8 percent of first-time gun purchasers ended up buying a second weapon, bringing the average number of firearms owned per first-time buyer to 1.6.
In 2020, gun sales were initially down for the first half of the year but following widespread violent riots and looting in cities like Kenosha, Wis., and Chicago, Ill., 87 percent of retailers saw an increase in gun sales, as well as a 95 percent increase in the sales of firearms and a staggering 139 percent increase in ammunition sales.
Interestingly enough, as Americans cling to their Second Amendment rights, progressive cities and states are attacking the right to bear arms like never before. For example, in San Jose, California, city council members approved a new law which will require gun owners to pay yearly liability insurance and an annual fee on their purchased weapon within six months of acquiring it, according to a report from Fox News.
However, there have also been some victories for proponents of the Second Amendment as 2022 begins to unfold. In January, a Ninth Circuit court in California ruled that a Los Angeles County and Ventura County order that shut down gun stores and ammunition stores during the pandemic was unconstitutional.
Despite many leftists’ attacks on the Second Amendment, as well as Democrats’ attempts to regulate or restrict access to firearms, the American people are embracing their right to bear arms. And if the results of the NSSF’s 2021 survey are any indication, 2022 firearm sales will likely be high as well.