A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.

TINLEY PARK, IL – DECEMBER 17: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Photo credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

According to a recent trade group survey, at least 5.4 million people purchased guns for the first time in 2021. About 30% of all guns sold last year were bought by new firearms owners.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s data from 2021 showed that almost 3 million less people bought guns for the first time last year compared to 2020, when 8.4 million people purchased guns for the first time.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were just 2.4 million new buyers in 2019

The NSSF found that 27% of the first-time gun buyers were between the ages of 31 and 40, while 22.2% were age 30 or under.

They reported that the third-highest group was people between the ages of 41 and 50, making up 21.7% of the first-time gun owners.

More than 33% of the new owners were women, according to the NSSF.

About 47% of the people who became first-time buyers asked about firearms training, while just 43% ended up enlisting in a training program.

“The surveys revealed that new gun owners are continuing to embrace their Second Amendment rights and nearly half of them are seeking out professional training,” NSSF CEO and president Joe Bartozzi said in a statement.

“These trends show that not only is there still a strong interest in gun ownership but also that these new gun owners are interested in learning more about the safe and responsible handling, use and storage of firearms.”