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7 Key Facts About the Firearm Industry In 2020 [Infographic]

Firearm Industry Statistics
February 12, 2021 Edited May 9, 2024 3618 view(s)
7 Key Facts About the Firearm Industry In 2020 [Infographic]

2020 was a year of unprecedented change. The ripples of the Corona Virus, civil unrest, and the 2020 US Presidential Election were felt in many industries, with the firearm industry being no exception.


Total Number of Background Checks and Sales


Top States by Gun Sales

36 out of the 50 states recorded firearm sales at least 50% greater in 2020 than the previous year. Michigan (180% increase), Washington D.C. (140%), and Rhode Island (111%) led the way by more than doubling their 2019 total. Meanwhile, Texas, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia sold the most total firearms with their combined total accounting for 31% of the over 21 million guns sold in 2020.


Gun Buying Increase



It’s no secret that 2020 has led to one of the most severe ammo shortages in recent memory. Reasons for the shortage include panic buying surrounding the Covid-19 lockdowns and civil unrest of the summer, high number of new gun owners needing ammunition for the first time, growth of the hunting industry, and raw material shortages due to supply chain limitations and Covid-19 restrictions. Top ammunition companies Hornady and Federal released videos explaining what they are doing to try to meet the recent surge of demand. Hornady claimed they produced 33% more ammo this year than 2019 and Federal revealed they produced more ammunition in 2020 than any other year in their 99 years of existence. This surge comes after 3 years of much lower demand for guns and ammo due to the predominant economic and political stability. Ammoland estimates that over 9 billion rounds of ammunition were produced for the U.S. market in 2020 with that number likely to increase in 2021 due to the continued shortage and fear over the new presidential administration’s gun control policies.


Jobs and American Manufacturing

Well let’s move on to some good news that 2020 brought us shall we? The NSSF cites that the firearm industry provides over 332,208 jobs for American workers. Unlike most other industries that import cheap products from overseas, the firearm industry has been one of the bright spots for American-made products for decades. We here at Bear Creek Arsenal have been able to increase our workforce to over 600 employees, making us one of the top employers in the Sanford, NC area. We’re thankful for the opportunity to serve you, even in these difficult times, and look to the future with hope for continued freedoms, available ammunition, and continued growth for the firearm industry in 2021 and beyond.


Gun Industry Jobs Created


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Aaron Hjelmstrom
February 12, 2021
Those are some impressive numbers. D.C. was definitely the biggest surprise with the stupid restrictions they have but then California and New Jersey is very surprising too. I'm glad I live in Idaho, a state that embraces the 2nd amendment and our right to own and carry guns.
Robert A Naylor
February 12, 2021
Those numbers are hard to believe
Mike M
February 19, 2021
Very impressive stats. All the more reason to "adopt" a homeless firearm,,, Adopt one today and keep them well "fed" and away from those scary radical nutjobs who lack understanding and better judgment,,,. That, for no tangible reason, want to steal away these firearms from loving homes. Yes "adopt" a firearm, keep it safe and secure from those that wish to undermine this great nation and stomp on our freedoms...
That's great news for the firearms & Ammo industry! However there will come a time when the market will be flooded with what you want! & not with what you think you might need. Keep in mind the company's that did not try to completely rape you!!!
March 9, 2021
Sooner or later there will be more supply than demand. Remember the company's that didn't try to rape you!!! Bear Creek Arsenal has been at the top of the list as being reasonable considering the times! They DO have good quality products at reasonable prices. If your not happy with your order? You will have 30 days to return your product. What more could you ask for? I just wish they would send me a hat! I was told I would receive a t-shirt when I made my purchase. (Sold out) I will pay S&H??
Brian Jones
March 9, 2021
Can I please get a hat? Since I never received at t-shirt with my last order. I will pay S&H. PLEASE?
March 10, 2021
Hey Brian please contact customer service directly at: so we can help sort this out.
Terry Meek
April 15, 2022
A simple request. More pencil barrels! Im disabled, and a 5lb. Upper for a .22 seems excessive. Please? Its the only thing that is keeping me from getting the uppers I really want. Thanks!
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