Skip to comments.Why Are Northeast Gun Sales Surging?
Posted on 09/12/2012 10:29:59 AM PDT by marktwain
Firearms ownership statistics are about as easy to read as tea leaves. They should be even harder; the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) specifically forbids local, state and federal government from maintaining any sort of firearms registry. Someone should tell that to the extra-legal Illinois gun grabbers attempting to create a firearms licensing system. While Im at it, the FBIs NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) is a clear infringement on our Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure; buying a firearm is a lawful act. And the ATFs dictum that the FFL dealers must keep a log book of purchases . . . you get the idea. Deep breath. Anyway, what does the chart above mean? Well . . .
The Northeast consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Whenever a law-abiding citizens purchases a firearm or applies for a license to carry/weapons permit, the gun dealer or licensing authority runs a NICS check.
So, how much of this national average-beating regional trend is down to firearms sales and how much can be attributed to applications for weapons permits (another ridiculous infringement on our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms)?
The recent carry gun law liberalization has not affected residents of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, which remain under the spell of Dr. Doofenshmirtzs gunrightseliminator. Its hardly likely the sales uptick in the tri-state area is a permit/license-related surge.
Massachusetts and New Hampshire, however, are experiencing a significant surge in applications for a License to Carry, which are increasingly easy to obtain, unless were talking about the actual bureaucratic process, which has fallen behind its statutory obligations.
Back in 09, the Boston Globe reported:
The number of gun permits issued in Massachusetts surged by more than 15 percent over the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of steady declines and marking a pronounced departure for a state known for its antigun sentiment.
Back in 08, one out of every 14 people in Pennsylvania already had a permit to carry. Despite a huge (for Vermont) influx of liberal refugees emigrating from blue states, the Green Mountain state is a Constitutional Carry state, so no NICS needed.
Oops! We havent split gun buying-related NICS check into existing customers adding to their arsenal [sic] and virgin gun buyers tooling-up for the very first time.
All of which means . . . God knows what. The most likely explanation for the regional NICS surge is an unknown and unknowable combination of license to carry applications, old gun buyers buying new guns and firearms newbies doing what firearms newbies do (get a gatt or long gun).
But the bottom line is clear: the part of the United States thats traditionally been the bastion of anti-ballistic BS has turned the corner. The momentum towards keeping and bearing arms in the Northeast is unmistakable. Every gun sold, every permit issued makes it easier to extend and defend the right to keep and bear arms for the entire United States.
Now, about California . . .
What say you all?
Its good to see the NE uptick but considering the population density the numbers are still pathetic.
Not that this has anything to do with the article really but whats with the strange "regional" groupings? As though the people of Delaware and DC respond the same stimulus the same way as the people of Mississippi and Oklahoma would.
haven’t you heard, the constitution no longer matters to the US government and besides, those in federal law enforcement, no laws apply at all. Confiscation and killing citizens is of no concern to the little tin gods employed in federal law enforcement. G. Gordon Liddy had it right if confronted by ATF jack booted thugs; aim for the head.
Most of the rest of the country has already equipped themselves fairly well.
People in the northeast have probably now reached the point where they are fed up with their nanny-state/police-state governments and have decided to catch up with the rest of the USA before the Obama Final Solution is visited upon us.
Been trying to help the Midwest numbers, but funds are limited.
“I’m doing my part!”. (Starship Troopers)
The federal judiciary is fine with allowing a requirement that I pay for a background check before I can exercise a constitutional right to buy a gun, but they recoil in horror at the thought of requiring a voter to pay for a photo ID.
We don’t have a Constitution anymore (and haven’t for quite some time). The background check fee is no different than a poll tax.
Back ground check fee... what state is that?
I believe there are several. Maryland is one, and some states like Wisconsin only require the fee for handguns.