2020 was a record year for many things, including the sale of firearms.

“2020 was a year unlike any other we’ve seen. We had 21 million background checks for the sale of a firearm and that by far exceeded any previous record we had,” Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation or NSSF, said. 

Oliva said first-time gun buyers accounted for 40% of purchases last year– about 8.4 million people nationwide.

Read Christine Stuart’s full report at NBC Connecticut