Great Gun Buying Spree of 2020: Collected Works About

The COVID-19 pandemic compounded by the George Floyd protests and riots mixed with the boogaloo/CW2/Great Awakening V leading up to a hotly contested presidential election created a literally unprecedented gun buying spree in 2020.

This post collects various blog posts, stories, and studies I have come across that I think have some value. If you know of other works to be included, please post them in the comments.

Empty gun case at store. Photo by Tamara Keel,

Gun Culture 2.0 and the Great Gun Buying Spree of 2020. An essay I wrote for Discourse magazine connecting the spree to the broader culture of guns in America.

COVID-19 and Guns Video Series by Duke Center for Firearms Law. Including an interview with yours truly.

Pandemics, Protests, and Firearms Purchasing. Study by two economists using NICS data highlights the uniqueness of the 2020 gun buying spree.

Societal Uncertainty + Social Unrest = Gun Sales. Highlights a NICS data visualization produced by The Trace.

Coronavirus Supplants Barack Obama as Greatest Gun Salesman in American History. Builds on a Wall Street Journal article on “What Sells in a Pandemic.”

COVID-19 Handgun Purchasing Boom. Data from Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting on ratio of handguns to long guns in NICS data for March 2020.

-Series of three posts by my fellow sociologist, Trent Steidley (University of Denver) offering some perspective on interpreting NICS data: Caution and Sense with NICS Data and Gun Sale Spikes and How Unprecedented Was The Gun Buying Spree of March 2020 and A COVID-19 Handgun Purchasing Boom?

-“Americans have bought record 17m guns in year of unrest, analysis finds,” The Guardian of London by Lois Beckett. Drawing on data from Small Arms Analytics.

“Why Americans are buying more guns than ever,” by Aimee Huff and Michelle Barnhart in The Conversation. An August 2020 summary of what is happening and why, connecting to some scholarly literature on guns.

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