As you could likely imagine gun and ammunition sales surge due to political campaigns, mass shootings and other natural disasters. But experts says that this time things seem to be a little bit different around the country. According to data obtained from the NRA, FBI gun purchase background checks were up 400 percent on Tuesday from just exactly one year ago. The South Texas Journal reached out to the FBI but they could not help us verify the number. However, the NRA did confirm that background check data from February 2020 was up 36 percent over 2019.
The National Rifle Association released a statement saying that, “Our nation has seen an uptick in firearm and ammunition sales whenever people feel threatened. We’re seeing it now because Americans know that, during times like these, first-responder resources may be limited and their safety is ultimately in their own hands.”
San Antonio area gun dealers that we spoke with confirmed that they have been seeing an uptick in sales since the beginning of the pandemic. Other sporting goods retailers such as Academy have also confirmed a rise in the sales of knives, tents and other survival gear since the pandemic began hitting here locally.
“I just want to be prepared for whatever happens,” says Seguin area resident Paul Truitt. “I am not living in fear. I am living prepared.”