Vermont firearm sales exceed 50,000 for first time

By Guy Page

With a month left to go, gun sales in Vermont appear to have exceeded 50,000 for the first time since the federal government began conducting firearms background checks in 1998.

Through November, the federal government conducted 52,855 background checks for Vermont firearms purchases, according to the FBI National Criminal Instant Background Check (NCIS) system.

These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not precisely represent the number of firearms sold. A one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale because some legal gun sales do not require a background check.

The highest month of 2020 was March, with 7,023 — when the pandemic struck in earnest. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency March 13. Firearms sales surged immediately, peaking at 176,000 nationwide on March 16.

Since March, the next highest month for Vermont background checks (so far) was October with 5,214. November 5, VT Digger reported that “gun sellers across Vermont are reporting a spike in sales over the past few months. In a year that was already hot for gun sales, a contentious election and worries that a civil war might break out in its wake have only fueled the boom in the gun industry.” Other observers said the “defund the police” movement combined with civic unrest nationwide prompted many people to ensure their own physical security.

In 2019, Vermont ranked 19th in the nation for gun sales per person.

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6 thoughts on “Vermont firearm sales exceed 50,000 for first time

  1. Do you think it could have anything to do with Burn Loot Murder,Antifa,rioting,theft of a election that would be the cause of a nation wide,unprecedented run on arms and ammunition,naw it couldn’t be.

  2. To Arms ! To Arms ! The Commies Are Coming, The Commies Are Coming !

    Now if you can only find ammo to go along with those guns.

    “I do not love the bright sword for it’s sharpness, nor the arrow for it’s swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory…I love only that which they defend”.
    J.R.R. Tolkien – The Two Towers

  3. Liberals:

    The government will take care of me
    The government will take care of my family
    The government will take care of my community

    Conservatives:

    I will take care of myself
    I will take care of my family
    I will take care of my community

  4. What choice do people have when they yammer on about defunding police?
    There is deep poverty right now, which means crime rises, and they they want to defund the police?
    Gimme a break.
    People will take matters into their own hands..

  5. Well, it appears that people are getting ready for 2021, they have seen the nonsense
    by BLM & Antifa, and all the property damage and with all the hatred towards police and
    with our elected officials cowering to stop it …….Oh well, better safe than sorry……….

    Law & order will prevail, one way or another !!

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