Gun sales jump as Obama eyes restrictions

Business could not be better for the gun industry lately, and it's preparing for a tough fight against proposals the president laid out Wednesday.

By Kim Peterson Jan 16, 2013 2:45PM
Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters
Caption: A man looks at Mossberg shotgun during the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas
Image File Name: GunSales_011613_RM_300President Obama knows he's taking on a formidable opponent in the gun industry. It's well funded, vocal, intensely popular with many Americans and growing quickly.

Guns have become a huge business in America, and sales lately have been through the roof as enthusiasts worried their rights would be compromised. Gun stores report lines out the door and low supplies, and shoppers report examples of price gouging on high demand.

It's hard to pin down the number of guns sold lately, since gun makers don't report unit sales. And it's tough to rely on the number of FBI background checks, since a reported 40% of gun sales are made with no background check at all.

But you can look at the rising number of background checks lately as an indication of momentum, and that momentum appears very strong indeed. The FBI said its instant background check system processed 2.8 million requests last month, almost 1 million more than a year earlier. Some of the largest increases took place in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Oregon and Alaska, according to the Governing website.

Investors seem to have no worries about the gun industry. Shares of the two major gun makers were jumping Wednesday after Obama's call for sweeping gun control measures. The stock price of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) rose more than 4% to $8.79. Shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. (RGR) rose 4% to $49.92.
Both stocks have seen significant growth over the last year. Shares of Smith & Wesson are up some 75% over that period, while Sturm Ruger has risen 25%.

Would investors be betting so heavily on a decelerating industry? Of course not, and Wall Street has thus sent its verdict to Obama: Your proposals are not happening.

The National Rifle Association came out swinging even before Obama unveiled a list of 23 executive actions he thinks will cut gun violence. At the NRAStandandFight website, the association unveiled a video Tuesday calling Obama an "elitist hypocrite" because his children are protected by armed guards.
The NRA said it has seen an "unprecedented" spike in membership numbers in the last month, CNN reports, with 250,000 people joining the 4.25 million existing members.

Obama recognized the battle ahead, and tried to appeal to Republicans in his speech by invoking former president Ronald Reagan, who supported a ban on assault weapons in 1994. That ban expired in 2004 and was never renewed.

Obama said that implementing his proposals will be difficult. He added that pundits, lawmakers and lobbyists will warn Americans of a "tyrannical all-out assault on liberty" in order to gin up fear or higher ratings or more revenue.

"The only way we can change is if the American people demand it," he said, urging people to call their Congressional lawmakers. "Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don't live in isolation. We live in a society."

The NRA, for its part, is promising to give Obama "the fight of the century," according to the Washington Post. In a fund-raising letter to the group's members, association executive Wayne LaPierre had this to say: "It's not about protecting your children. It's not about stopping crime. It's about banning your guns. . . PERIOD!"

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Jan 18, 2013 11:37PM
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the People to keep and bear Cats shall not be infringed."

The parchment is nearly dry. Now, if I can just get that Time Machine finished...
Jan 18, 2013 5:04PM

It is sad that liberals and democrats argue that you don't need to show ID to vote, which is a right, but insist that you show ID, and go through background checks to purchase a gun, another right.

Since far more damage can be done with a vote than a gun, I suggest we have the same requirements for VOTING as we do for GUN purchases....

How many democrats will favor that?   If they don't they are truly HYPOCRITES!

Jan 17, 2013 12:41PM

These ‘random’ acts of violence are in no way random; they are the direct result of the feminization of our schools and our boys.

 Our schools treat any normal aggressive tendency in our boys as psychotic behavior and attempt to control it through drugs

 and punitive action.  They are no longer allowed to act out what has been for thousands of years the normal aggressive nature

 inherent in the male species.  When I grew up you would get into a fistfight in the school yard and that would be the end of things; the

next day the kid you fought with would be your best friend.  Now those 2 boys would be sent to a psychiatrist and have a label attached

 for life and be drugged for antisocial behavior .   At some point they realize what has been done to them and they snap.

Jan 17, 2013 12:27PM
Start an initive in your state to allow high capacity magazines for hunting. Usually the restriction is for large game only. Anyhow this will take away their argument that high capacity magazines are not used for hunting.
Jan 17, 2013 12:19PM
And dont attack my grammar either! Im typing from an iphone and im sure you gun lovers can digest the gist of my points. If you can't, seek interpretation at your local university. Thanks!
Jan 17, 2013 12:13PM
Wining Thursdays for men who own inch worms in their pants sack! You aint no outlaws. You aint enforcing anything but more senseless crime and death! What are you fighting for that you cant accept tougher restrictions if it saves a baby which could be your baby! What laws are you enforcing out here in our land except or mindless, incredibly dumb wining arguments! These statements from all of you gun possesses illustrates SELFISHNESS! Penile implants help just as much or seek mental counseling for your greivances! 
Jan 17, 2013 12:04PM
I guess residing in the trailer park equals guns! Stupid people! Ask yourself what you are really loading up for? Then come back with a bright answer. Note: if you cant come up with a proposition that weighs something, your ignorant a** has no business possessing a firearm! FYI- wining gun owners, a gun doesnt create a bigger man piece!
Jan 17, 2013 8:22AM
I cannot believe this Socialist that calls himself our president used those kids as pawns. That was very wrong to try and make people look at those kids to try and make us feel bad. I have 4 kids, everyone of them has been educated on guns, gun safety, what to do if you find one, etc. This Socialist is using this as his way to try and ban our guns. He took an oath to uphold the constitution and he is not doing it. He needs to be removed from office especially after what role he played in the Fast and furious screw up and allowing our diplomats to get slain. We need to stand up to him and protect what our fathers, grandfathers, sons, and daughters have died for and that is our freedom and our rights to choose. This isn't about someone who has died not being able to enjoy those rights, this is about his Socialistic dictatorship ways and wanting control. Lets fight for our rights and for our constitution since him and other politicians refuse to do. Lets remove them from office and elect people who will listen to those who put them there.
Jan 17, 2013 7:51AM
The USA has more guns per household than any other country in the world - small wonder we have so much gun violence. Come on people get a grip people! We need some restraint!  We don't need assault weapons and large magazines for home protection - and certainly not for hunting. Stricter background checks and clip limits are only logical. What the President proposes on this matter is all fine with me - I only wish he could take stronger action. But sadly the right wing (who currently control Congress) have bought the NRA's extremist views hook line and sinker. ...and their bosses - the gun and ammo manufacturers - laugh all the way to the bank.  Wake up!
Jan 17, 2013 3:59AM
I DO NOT support nor will I accept any new gun control laws or bans of any kind!! I will support the enforcement of existing laws. As per the Second amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. This is non negotiable!
Jan 17, 2013 2:13AM

Did the NRA send all this people to this page to complain., I'm so happy to hear them , "cause that means they are really hurt,  pobresitos  babies,  You don't even know how to put a lock on your got more coming, hopefully, remember, white angry males are on their decline.  Move to Montana or Idaho. Somewhere you can kill all deer you want.,  Alaska , the moon. 

 I want my country back too.. before you invaded my great grand parents.

Texas is going to change in the next 10 years.  WATCH for that. COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU. Oh no wait I'm not saying that I'm going to shoot anybody in a the theater, Like crazy gun owners do.  I'm smarter than that. Now being serious I don't mind people having a gun to protect yourself and your home, go hunting. I've done that. But when I hear all this crazy people saying that they need all this guns to fight the government , because they don't agree with the rest of the nation,. That's scary.


New concepts of gun control threw a inventors eyes, a new form of bar coding the serial number is a achievable solution,imagine a new scoring bar code system,its in the shape of a gatling gun slides down the muzzle of any weapon ( for easy of understanding designers prospective views with your vital interest at heart),and there are enough chambers with a window on each outer tube side , were the scripter dept and with angler score,with a scoring slide cutter going from 0-9 so each tube in the gatling cylinder scripted boring can be set as from 0-9,the carbon blade cutting up on the inner of the barrel to a thickness to represent the number such as bar codes,so by setting the numbers of the serial number of the weapon is thresh bearing spring to apply the scoring of the serial bar code number,as with the riffling a certain distances as the projective comes down the barrel picking up the bar code alignments,such as firing pins can be also lazar printed with the bar coding system or a alloying print can be inserted into the firing pin,for easy I.D who the owner is so not only is the casing bar coded but also the projective also bar coded,as for ammo the bar coding is a simply way to know stock numbers and location of a varieties of ammo,such as store and area location and also the rounds can be bar coded as well, for simplicities' sake of location of missing firer arms.

Knowing how to use the numbers for securing weapons is a safe and affordable way for new gun controls. As for the existing weapons that are already in peoples homes a simple slide and glide and turn can be more effective to upgrading the weapons with security of the bar coding system and new ones on the way created by major manufacturing's around the world,consult an expert in the design of the all new bar code barreling system created by security and national comfort zones around the world. Just a bit of humor there is a weapon and not on the markets or sold at stores or even designed by manufactures around the world,its called the snug aka hug it will out distance any shot around the world and the ammo is gentle whispers arm grasp around the waste with ammo of gentle kisses,and always hitting its mark the human heart and mind with trick shots hitting mutable targets with just one snug know snug ids guns spelled backwards,consult a expert for operational instructions ,most ladies and men know how to apply such maneuvers. Take care and have a great day. Consult a expert in to design of the car code engraving scoring,and make a great score amongst your loved ones. Bye

Jan 17, 2013 1:46AM

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States. It is the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government.


Make no mistake about it: to take away an American’s right to a semi-automatic rifle is to FULLY DISARM HIM. There is no Second Amendment; there is no right to keep and bear arms; there is no citizen militia; there is no liberty without the semi-automatic rifle!”  The principal reason the colonists won the American Revolution is that they possessed weapons equivalent in power and precision to those of the British government. If the colonists had been limited to crossbows that they had registered with the king’s government in London, while the British troops used gunpowder when they fought us here, George Washington and Jefferson would have been captured and hanged.


Jan 17, 2013 1:45AM
Enforce current federal law, and let states do what they want. If Texas thinks that they need machine guns- go for it. If California wants stricter laws, let 'em. And everyone gets to choose where they want to live. Yay! And in a few years, if they don't like the results they can just change it again, or move. This is probably what's going to happen. Also, anyone who thinks that this is some sort of conspiracy ploy to disarm Americans so that "tyranny" can take over is paranoid- and possibly dangerous. 
Jan 17, 2013 1:33AM
 Our they gone to outlaw hammers and bats in this crime prevention legislation ???  are just our constitutional rights???  one thing about it the more guns they take away from law abiding citizens means less resistance when they turn our country in to a Communist. and  police state government
Jan 17, 2013 1:09AM
Remember- this can only pass if the repubs let it.
Jan 16, 2013 11:58PM

Join the NRA only $25   Join Gun Owners Of America only $20

Jan 16, 2013 11:06PM
When this country was involved in slave holding, a Winchester in the hands of a slave would have made him a former slave. Take away the guns and slaves we will be. I feel they just taxed me without representation and will penalize me if I don't have health care? Our freedom is becoming so limited that unless you remain typical or average, you will be attacked. Just ask the wealthy, the small business owners or the family farmer. Heaven forbid the day you have to transfer ownership of an asset because the "owner" has died. You may need quite a loan to pay your obligation to retain your job. 

I understand our government gave away it's wealth and viability, but the arrogance of Congress to expect me to "Trust" them is gone. Take my guns if you must, I will give them up as I grab my passport, family photos and leave. Our soldiers did not sacrifice for the oppression we are facing as the government "saves " us from ourselves. 

Congress should be planning to reverse this "spending to the end" agenda, figuring out how to trim down the budget and selling the idea to the people so we don't take to the streets and storm the courthouses. The government created this mess and will be responsible for any violence.

If entertainment and our society has trivialized life and made killing a fantasy game where there are no consequences and a reset makes the dead reappear to die again, then they are as guilty as any gun owner who lost control of their weapon to a madman. Ban the killing games. Ban the movies that glorify the terror and normalize it's existence

Most of all, if you have a beef with someone, leave the gun at home, use something else. You are screwing with responsible people's freedom. Better yet, get help or finish yourself off and leave everyone else alone.. 
Jan 16, 2013 10:45PM

Gun dealers amd manufactures love this.

 Never made so much money selling their crap.

Jan 16, 2013 9:35PM
Yeah I think it's time to join ------------ the NRA.
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