What No One in Authority Will Tell You
About Gun Sales
Gun sales in the United States began to surge in early 2009. A common joke among employees of gun manufacturers or gun dealers was that “Barack Obama was the greatest gun salesman of all time.” According to ATF reports, almost 5.5 million new firearms were manufactured in the United States in 2010 alone, 95% of which were sold in the U.S. And additional 3.2 million firearms were imported from other countries and sold in the U.S. That’s nearly 8.5 million new firearms sold in just one year. In 2012, the FBI recorded more than 16.8 million background checks for gun purchases—the highest number since they began publishing the data in 1998.
The #1 reason Americans are rushing to arm themselves is still Barack Hussein Obama. In addition, many Americans reasonably fear a currency and economic collapse. Fear of riots and mass civil unrest is frequently cited as a reason for the rash of gun purchases. Combined, these factors have pushed gun sales to an all-time record.
One stroll through your local gun shop and you will see that inventories of most popular models of semi-automatic rifles and handguns are depleted. The value of firearms and ammunition has skyrocketed dramatically thanks to the demand and short supply nationwide. Because of this, gun and ammunition manufacturers have not been able to keep up with the dramatic demand. The increased values and lack of inventories are spurning sharp increases in home invasions and resulting theft of firearms from homes are on the rise because a) these weapons have increased in value and b) they are in high demand. This is another compelling reason to safely secure the firearms in your home.