The Survey Says: First-Time Gun Ownership Still Strong in 2021

A recent NSSF survey of firearms retailers indicates that more than 3.2 million people purchased a firearm for the first time during the first half of 2021.

by posted on September 13, 2021
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While it would be hard to imagine a year where gun sales could top the frenetic growth of 2020, particularly by first-time buyers, all indications are that 2021 will be another extremely strong year for firearms retailers. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, surveyed firearm retailers recently, and estimates that more than 3.2 million people purchased a firearm for the first time during the first half of 2021.

The survey was conducted to learn the buying habits and factors of this year’s firearm purchasers during the first six months of 2021. Respondents indicated that 33.2 percent of customers, or 3,247,351, purchased a firearm for the first time, based on June’s total of nearly 9.8 million background checks for a gun sale.

“This survey shows that there is a continuing demand signal for firearms from the American public,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “We witnessed each month background check figures associated with a gun sale that are second only to those we saw in last year’s record-breaking totals. These survey results show not only is there a strong and healthy appetite from first-time gun buyers but that there is still room to grow. We are encouraged by the sustained interest in lawful and responsible gun ownership as well as by the manufacturing base which has been challenged to meet this remarkable demand.”

Survey results showed that in the first six months of 2021:

  • More than 90 percent of retailers reported an increase of African American men purchasing firearms.
  • Nearly 87 percent of retailers reported an increase of African American women purchasing firearms.
  • Nearly 84 percent of retailers reported an increase of Hispanic-American men purchasing firearms.
  • More than 87 percent of retailers reported an increase of Hispanic-American women purchasing firearms.
  • More than 76.5 percent of retailers reported an increase of Asian-American men purchasing firearms.
  • More than 82 percent of retailers reported an increase of Asian-American women purchasing firearms.
  • 1 percent of customers purchased a second firearm since their initial purchase.
  • 5 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 were under 40.

Download the infographic on NSSF Firearm Retailer Survey Firearm & Ammunition Sales here.

 

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