Americans Arm Themselves at Record Speed; Brazil Follows Trend

About three million weapons were sold in the US, driven by fear of Covid-19 and protests; Brazil increased firearms imports by 377 percent.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the United States, fear of the coronavirus pandemic and concern over social and political unrest after an explosion of anti-racism protests has boosted gun purchases at a record pace. Industry analysts estimate that some three million guns have been sold since March, overwhelming manufacturers' supply chains.

Unlike previous peaks, when Americans were concerned about Second Amendment restrictions - increasing background checks for weapons purchases by 69 percent - this year's increase is more related to personal protection.

In the 12 days following President Donald Trump's statement of a national emergency in connection with the . . .

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