Gun sales surged everywhere in the nation upon the recognition of the pandemic, and Colorado was no exception. Between March and October 2020, Colorado saw a 61% increase in gun sales over the same period a year before, with more than 350,000 background checks conducted by Colorado Bureau of Investigations (218,000 in 2019)
Gun homicides in Colorado are also dramatically up. As of December 29th, 2020, 234 persons have died from gun homicides, up from 164 in 2019 – a 43% increase.
Typically, suicides comprise around 70-75% of gun deaths in Colorado, but 2020 data on suicides won’t be available until well into 2021.
In the last days of 2020: