Gun sales soar as violent crime drops, ATF says

As calls from lawmakers and gun control activists grow, so too has the number of Americans who own guns.

A record 423 million firearms were reported in civilian possession from 1986 to 2018, according to newly-released data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

During the same period, 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition were said to have been possessed by American citizens.

At the same time, the violent crime rate has dipped by 48.6%. Specifically, firearms-related accidents have gone down by 68%.

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