Surge in Gun Ownership: Understanding the Rise in Gun Sales in Maine and Nationwide During Pandemic

Sep 17, 2020


Guns sales have been on the rise since the start of pandemic, most likely due the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and also due to increased racial tensions nationwide and here in Maine. We'll learn about the demographic makeup of new gun owners, such as more women and minorities, and why societal conditions are causing people to purchase firearms. We'll also discuss the health and safety concerns associated with this surge in gun sales.


Matt Lang, associate professor of teaching, Department of Economics, University of California Riverside

Kristine Blake (call-in), co-owner, Liberty Tree Arms gun shop, Waldoboro

Geoff Bickford (call-in), executive director, Maine Gun Safety Coalition 

David Trahan (call-in), executive director, Sportman’s Alliance of Maine