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Study projects West Virginia will have U.S.’s 5th highest per capita 2020 gun sales

February 27th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

A new study released by looks at guns in the U.S. over the past 20 years and offers many breakdowns related West Virginia. Nationally, gun sales in 2020 increased by 158% from gun sales in 2000. Since 2000, gun sales have risen in every state, the majority increasing by triple digits, the study said. In 2020, West Virginia ranked 28th in gun sales, but when adjusted on a per capita basis, the state jumped to 5th. While experts expect West Virginia’s gun sales to be up about 20% over 2019, 2020 will actually be a down year compared to prior years this century.