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Americans purchased an average of 1.3 million guns each month in the first quarter of 2024, data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded.

That totals roughly 5.5 million guns bought from January to April 2024, slightly lower than 2023’s same date range.

The reports align with a decreasing trend in gun purchasing. 2023 recorded a 4% decline in total sales from 2022 at 16.7 million, and 2024 could be on track to drop even further.

Firearm sales peaked in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, heightened political unrest and a divisive presidential election.

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