Skip to comments.Firearm Sales Jump 39% In December, 19% In 2012
Posted on 01/02/2013 10:50:40 AM PST by CNSNews.com
Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms increased in every state in December - and in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. for full-year 2012 - according to data compiled by the FBI.
Compared to the total number of background checks completed from January through December of 2011 all but two states saw net increases in gun sales in 2012.
Utah reported a decline of 77.4%, and Iowa a decline of 17.9%.
Nationally, background checks were up 19.1% for 2012.
Washington D.C. saw the largest year-to-year increase with sales jumping 49.7%. Wisconsin followed with 45.4%, then New Jersey with 42.5%, New Hampshire with 40.9% and Rhode Island with 39.3%.
Each of the 50 States and Washington, D.C. saw an increase in background checks in the month of December 2012, with every state posting an increase of at least 12%.
The top five states that saw the largest December increases were as follows:
Georgia, 66.3% Oregon, 63.1% New Hampshire, 60.7% Texas, 60.2% Montana, 58.3% Nationally, background checks for the month of December were up 39% from last month.
Each time an individual purchases a firearm, the gun dealer must call the FBI to complete an instant criminal background check.
I was by my range/gunstore on Saturday ordering an ACC Element II 22LR/22WMR silencer and spotted a consignment AK 47 variant that was offered for sale at $1059....the rest of the shelves were completely bare of anything like it.
I asked they guy...it just came in...we talked and I remarked that’s a hefty price....he said this will be gone before noon.
Made me think a bit....I’ve got a few rifles I could ‘consign’ to them and get 3-4 times what I paid for thme. Trouble is that there aren’t any I could give up without a ‘tinge’ in the solar plexus, even if I got a ton of cash....
This does not mean that when the consfiscation order comes down, I won’t sell ‘some’ of them for 5-10 times what I paid for them.
I Freeped this poll!
government sets the “must take” price at the scrap metal value.
I tried to go shooting monday afternoon, the sales counter was 3 deep and over an hour wait to get a lane. It’s like that a lot around here. Don’t try to get range time on a weekend or fed holiday. I usuallt take off early tues-thurs to get range time.
I think it’s great, only down side is prices are $$$$ even for used firearms.
Prices are insane right now.
I was at the Dulles Gun Show Sunday morning.
Saw a Sig 716 for $4,999, and another for $5,500.
Normally, these retail at $2,150 or so.
Same with our local range, 90 minute wait Monday afternoon.
What bothers me, is the prices for ammunition. Lots of people come up with the cash for the weapon and maybe a couple 100 rounds, but after that they don’t get to shoot as much as they should ‘cause it’s so expensive. Pistols and semi-autos are so popular, but it’s so easy to go through 4 or 5 boxes each range visit with these weapons. Luckily, I’m a wheel gun person mostly.
I was there Friday. INSANE crowds. 45 minute wait to get in. In the past TEN YEARS the wait has always been exactly anbd precisely ZERO minutes. What was it like on Sunday?
Hehehe, neither of the two I bought went through NICS. I guess the sales figures need to be upped to account for those which do not go through a licensed firearms dealer like mine!
Another reason why I spend some time at my reloading bench besides the sheer pleasure and relaxation factor.
Absolutely. It’s a zen thing that most people don’t understand...plus you get to shoot a lot.
Mine was 1800 months ago,but lost in a tragic volcano accident.
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