Will 2013 mark record gun sales in US?
Background-check data suggests Americans are buying firearms at an unprecedented pace.
Will 2013 be a record year for U.S. gun sales? There's a lot of evidence suggesting as much.
Despite stepped-up campaigns by gun control advocates in the wake of mass shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. -- which took place one year ago July 20 -- and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the U.S. appears to be entering a new normal when it comes to gun purchases.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System statistics compiled by the FBI tell at least part of the story. The system is used by federally licensed firearms dealers and manufacturers, but it doesn't distinguish between a firearms check and a firearms sale.
The number of annual background checks run in the U.S. began to jump in 2006 after plateauing at around 8.5 million in the early 2000s. There were 16.4 million checks in 2011 and nearly 19.6 million last year.
Those checks could hit a record in 2013, judging from the more than 11.4 million that were run in the first six months alone.
In gun-friendly states, meanwhile, sales figures appear to be very strong. The Salt Lake Tribune reports gun purchases made in Utah during the first quarter of 2013 were double the prior decade's average -- while applications for concealed-weapons permits have "leapt off the charts."
In a press statement, CEO James Debney said Smith & Wesson's successful performance was "driven by solid marketing, innovative new products, disciplined manufacturing execution, and strict financial management."
Part of this national rise in sales can be attributed to the Obama Administration's attempt to reform federal firearms regulations. But there's also a phenomenon that seems to appear after every high-profile shooting -- a spike in gun sales amid new calls for gun control.
"Normally what happens -- and I've been doing this for 30 years -- is whenever they start talking about gun control on the news and they start pushing that, people have a tendency to think they're going to take away their right to buy the gun, and that usually spurs sales," Paul Decker, owner of Hunters Heaven in Hayes, Va.. told the Christian Science Monitor last year, right after the Aurora shootings.
Firearms and Ammunitions companies should erect a statue to Obama. This idiot in chief will be responsible for more gun sales than all other Presidents combined! He'll more than double Bill Clinton's record. If Democrat weren't idiots, they would never comment of anything related to firearms. Anti-Second Amendment issues are the only thing that the Republicans can do to combat all the free stuff the Dems are giving out. With the worthless and lazy securely in the Dems corner, they are going to almost be impossible to beat.
Romney promised Jobs. Obama promised free stuff (AKA: Tax Payer Stuff), welfare, food stamps, Obama Bucks, Obama Phones, quotas, etc. Which side won? We are really in trouble.
17 Trillion in debt. Amnesty for 20 Million illegal Aliens (Uneducated, no technical skills, dependent on public assistance). You do the math!
hey, buy 'em before you can't anymore, meanwhile why exactly is that fat slob dyke janet sloppy dyke naplitano, who was recently fired, oops, resigned I meant so he, I mean 'she' can now go to California and wreak even more havoc on the universities there...so why was the Dept of Homeland security buying over a Billion, that's a BILLION rounds of hollow point ammo??? hey idiot obamazombie libs, ever ask yourselves that question, I BET YOU DIDNT EVEN KNOW THAT!!!
or are you just still in such zombiesque admirations for the architect of yours and America's destruction? but I digress...
oh right, ammo for practice rounds for our military...yea, sure, right,
you don't use HOLLOW POINTS for that!!!!, so gee, wonder why all that volume buying??hmmmm....
maybe she's arming the Chicago black thugs with better ammo so they can shoot themselves en masse, if that's even possible?? hmmmmm......
Maybe Obama learned something from Obamacare.
Now, if he continues this process, and negotiates a "climate control treaty" with the UN banning the sale and ownership of private automobiles, GM stock will actually be worth something in a few years.
The Number 1, the absolute Number 1, Gun Salesman that ever existed in the entire world is:
PRES. BARRY BORROCK SOETORO HUSSEIN OSAMA
Hussein has done more for gun sales than any 10,000,000 individual gun salesmen could have possibly done for sales on their own. Since odumbo was elected, my family has added three (3) pistols: Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Taurus, and one high-powered rifle, along with "a whole lot of" ammunition. Furthermore, no one in my family ever even contemplated joining the N.R.A.. However, when we saw what these "gun control idiots" were up to, we joined the N.R.A. I have been told that people are joining the N.R.A. in record numbers, thanks to obozo and his ilk. Also, the demand for 'concealed carry permits' is astronomical. Thank you Pres. Obozo. Thanks for all that you have done to make our Country so great! You are the Great Uniter! You would never do anything to divide the American population. You are always so impartial, so fair, and so consistent! You are the greatest president that ever lived. We love you!!! We should have known what you were capable of doing for our great Country..... I mean, look at what you did for Chicago. We saw what you did for Chicago, and, as Americans, we knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what you could do for America if you just gave it your all! You did not fail us!!!
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