Number of First-Time Gun Owners in America Skyrockets

( – President Joe Biden ran on an anti-gun platform in 2020. He vowed to restrict gun ownership if he was elected president. That’s exactly what he has done during his time in office. The POTUS enacted the first gun control bill Congress has passed in decades. He has also put other measures in place to restrict the use of certain accessories.

While Biden is busy trying to infringe on the Second Amendment, Americans are arming themselves en masse.

Gun Ownership Skyrockets

On June 5, the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) revealed that 22.3 million people became first-time gun owners in the last four years. That’s equal to the population of Florida. The organization theorized that there were several reasons for the massive surge that began during the national health crisis.

About halfway through 2020, the number of first-time gun owners accounted for about 40% of purchasers. The standard number of new buyers is generally about 20% to 24%. That year, there were about 8.4 million new firearm buyers. In 2021, approximately 5.4 million people became first-time gun buyers. In 2022, it was 4.2 million, and in 2023, 4.3 million people became new gun owners.

So far, in 2024, there have been six million background checks for firearm sales. NSSF’s Mark Oliva said that more than one million Americans purchased weapons in May 2024 and exercised their constitutional rights. For the last 58 months, there have been more than one million background checks each month. He pointed out that the right to own a gun is critical to ensure Americans can continue enjoying the freedoms they are entitled to.


A blog post by the NSSF said that the lockdowns began the trend. Then, the American people watched as defund-the-police rioters destroyed cities and burned down businesses. Several people died during the summer of violence.

During the 2020 election, several far-left prosecutors were also elected across the nation. George Soros funded many of those district attorneys in an attempt to reshape the criminal justice system. Violent crimes began rising across the country. Biden was also elected that year, riding into the White House on his pro-gun control platform.

All of those factors contributed to the surge in gun ownership. The NSSF pointed to Senate testimony from Chris Cheng, a former competitive shooting champion, who said people like him felt less safe. He explained that he can’t have police officers with him all the time, so it makes sense to buy a gun and “use that firearm in lawful and legal self-defense.”

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