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Gun Sales Hit High In January, Continuing 2020 Surge

Gun sales hit a historic high in January as violent riots hit the U.S. Capitol and a new president took over, continuing a record-setting surge that began as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020.

Gun dealers sold more than 2 million firearms in January, a 75% increase over the same month last year, according to the industry trade group the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Gun sales had already been soaring amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a severely stalled economy and widespread protests over policy brutality and racial injustice.

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Then came the riot in Washington and the inauguration of Democratic President Joe Biden.