Firearm Sales in the US

According to a May 2022 report by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there was a minimum estimated total of 20,489,908 firearms sales in the United States in 2020, up from 12,447,184 in 2019.[1]According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the estimated minimum sales volume (EMSV) is calculated by multiplying the number of NICS background checks by the number of … Continue reading Sales of handguns such as pistols and revolvers accounted for 11,784,922 of the sales, while long guns (including AR-15 style assault rifles) accounted for 7,098,049 of the sales.

Texas, followed by Florida and California, were the top three states with the highest numbers of minimum estimated firearms sales between 2017 and 2020, with DC, Nebraska and Rhode Island having the fewest.[2]Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment," atf.gov, May 5, 2022

            

According to a 2022 memorandum by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform, five “gun manufacturers collected more than $1 billion from the sale of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons in the last decade” - Bushmaster, Daniel Defense, Ruger, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson.[3]House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform, “Memorandum Re: The Committee’s Investigation into Gun Industry Practices and Profits,” house.gov, July 27, 2022

The memorandum goes on to state that, “Daniel Defense’s revenue from AR-15-style tripled from $40 million in 2019 to over $120 million in 2021 … Ruger’s gross earnings from AR-15-style rifles also nearly tripled from 2019 to 2021, increasing from $39 million to over $103 million … [and] Smith & Wessons’ revenue from all long guns, which include AR-15-style rifles, more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, from $108 million to $253 million.” According to the company, over 50% of long-gun sales are AR-15 style weapons.[4]House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform, “Memorandum Re: The Committee’s Investigation into Gun Industry Practices and Profits,” house.gov, July 27, 2022 Bushmaster and Sig Sauer did not provide full information.

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1 According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the estimated minimum sales volume (EMSV) is calculated by multiplying the number of NICS background checks by the number of distinct NICS purpose codes associated with a NICS transaction that involved the actual transfer of a firearm to a new possessor. EMSV does not capture all firearm sales, but instead provides an estimate of the lowest number of firearms involved in a NICS transaction. For more information, see: Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment,” atf.gov, May 5, 2022
2 Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment," atf.gov, May 5, 2022
3, 4 House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform, “Memorandum Re: The Committee’s Investigation into Gun Industry Practices and Profits,” house.gov, July 27, 2022