In the first quarter of this year, the volume of firearms sales in the United States increased by 18 percent compared to the same period last year. Such data is cited by The New York Times.

The publication refers to data from the Trace agency, according to which in January 2021 alone, Americans purchased more than 2.3 million firearms, which is the highest figure since July last year after a wave of violence caused by the murder of African-American George Floyd.

It is reported that a fifth of those who bought weapons last year purchased them for the first time. Half of them are women. In addition, more office workers appeared among the buyers. The results of the General Social Survey show that today 40 percent of American families own firearms, in 2016, this figure were 32 percent.