African-Americans Are Buying Guns at Record Numbers

African-Americans Are Buying Guns at Record Numbers
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African-Americans are buying guns at record numbers in 2020 amid concerns of white supremacist violence.

It was a sweaty summer day in northern Virginia, in a summer full of sweaty days throughout the country, and there were hourslong waits for booths inside Sharpshooters Range despite the pandemic.

Down the line, shooters in face masks, protective goggles and headsets peppered targets with bullets.

Despite the fact that gun owners overwhelmingly trend white, almost half the patrons at Sharpshooters Range were people of color — many of them new shooters accompanied by coaches, such as the middle-aged Black woman who marveled at the kick she felt as the pistol recoiled in her outstretched hands.

This scene is growing increasingly more common across the country, as many African-Americans have joined the ranks of gun owners in recent months amid the police killings and heated protests that have enveloped the United States.

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