Skip to comments.With no perceived threats to rights, gun sales way down
Posted on 02/22/2014 5:48:20 AM PST by rellimpank
With no recent high-profile events to drive the level of purchases seen in recent years, gun sales are way down.
"Background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, considered to be the most accurate means of tracking gun sales, plunged by a third in January compared to the year before," CNN reported last week. "There were about 1.66 million background checks last month and nearly 2.5 million in January the year before."
The sharp decline can be seen in Wisconsin, where the state's handgun hotline registered only 7,702 handguns purchased in January, down from 22,214 in January 2013, according to the state Department of Justice, a whopping 65 percent decrease. Those figures don't include long-gun sales, which are tracked through the federal gun registry.
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It may be time to do a little gun shopping. Bought the last one in November but 4 months is time enough.
Big old gun show at the AZ fairgrounds today. Maybe I’ll bring the señora and let her accessorize....
Well, two being the maximum simultaneous deployment, I’ll venture to guess that Mr.Elbow’s wishful thinking-inspired piece was typed with voluble graveyard whistling in the background.
Reaching saturation point? Saw a stat where US was 101 guns for every 100 people....
OK, here it comes:
“More and more guns are being bought by fewer and fewer people.”
That’s the Brady mantra; gun owners are a shrinking & troublesome minority, so it’s safe to go after them!
(Bulltwinkies.....the gun owning percentage of the population is soaring.)
Maybe everyone just bought guns for Christmas....
I wonder how ‘private’ sales are doing ..... they don’t show up on the background check radar.
I wish ammo sales would go down.
As for the drop in gun sales from last year, this is no surprise. Last year we probably saw a lot of pulled forward demand due to the talk out of DC. Sales are likely returning back to ‘average’. If I were a manufacturer, I’d be continuing with increased production so I would be readily supplied for the next big panic, which WILL come.
It is an excellent time to replace that AR that was lost in a canoeing accident.
I think there are many issues at play here in addition to the saturation point. One could easily be fact that many are using funds other than wages to live on with employment so far down leaving less for firearms. Another could be fact that more people have arms today, those who care to have them, then who feel they don’t want them. Lack of ammo may be another, why buy a firearm when you cannot get ammo at a reasonable price for it could be a concern. Lastly, in some states, mostly California and the Northeast, laws are such to dissuade the purchase of firearms and the places to shoot them are less than they were before.
Personally I’ve been thinking of picking up a 25-06 but decided against it due to the my cash balances, ammo availability, and the closest range is 50 miles away.
“...where the state’s handgun hotline registered only 7,702 handguns purchased in January...”
ONLY 7702...in one month?
FReepers are the most accident prone people when it comes to boats.
Yup, maybe FR needs a boating safety thread.;-)
And...what is Mr. Elbow’s idea of “no perceived threat”?
Anybody that cares about their freedom is well aware of and absolutely perceives the threat.
Guy’s an idiot.
Better watch out. The Gun of the Month Club might drive you out of your house. I, too, had that problem before The Horrible Boating Tragedy.
Maybe it's time to get that Stag 8 after all
Sad, the bottoms of the U.S. waterways are carpeted with FReepers’ lost boats and guns. OH, THE HORROR OF IT ALL!
I perceive a threat right there. The law says a federal registry on gun sales is not kept and background checks destroyed after 24 hours. There are exceptions but normal gun sales are not supposed to be part of any federal gun registry. (by the way I'm not naïve when it comes to the feds. Also the NSA has the background check telephone call.)
It is a BS article.
Try to buy some ammo and see what you find.
Few months back it looked like the shelves in nearby WalMart were recovering a bit, now totally bare again.
Same with ammo and reloading components at the on-line supply houses.
And finally, Remington is moving to AL. Company formed in NY in 1816. Moving. hee hee hee
They were saying that the company was expanding to AL. But the local paper in AL said MOVING. Which implies corp. headquarters would be moved.
If you think this is over, you need to think again.
--maybe ammo manufacture can catch up, also-- Within the last month, I have been able to get back up to inventory on everything but rimfire. Last year, I stopped using overpriced and underavailable .22LR, resorting to my HW springer. After sorting out a few issues and rediscovering the fine qualities of a good air rifle, I don't think I'll be returning to the level of .22LR consumption of my earlier days even when that ammo situation improves.
With even the Great Lakes frozen over, fewer and fewer guns have been lost in fishing accidents. Maybe an occasional pistol while ice fishing, but that's it.
-don't really have a way to judge overall demand here, but the Walmart shelves empty quickly--even with a three box limit per customer--
That was me alone.
Prolly cause everyone bought 10 guns each last year. :-)
I thought so too. That’s almost 260 per day.
with wisc. having open carry awhile and concealed recently, maybe there are just too few people left who don’t own guns ....
Don't sell yourself short. John Buhmiller was quite a bit older when he took off to Africa to test his cartridge designs on buff and elephant.
I guess the financial genius who wrote this has never heard of “Market Saturation?”
I have faith in Obastard going to bat for the gun manufacturers again, next tragedy he decides to exploit for political gain. He can’t help himself. I wouldn’t be shorting Sturm Ruger stock just yet.
Someone posted a picture on a thread the past couple of days that said something to the effect of:
Danger, river bottom is full of guns.
Last year, I bought all the guns I will ever need or want. Why would I do that again this year?
Well, OK... There is always just one more gun that I really, really want...
But my big wife-approved, budget-busting buying spree is over.
They say when you think it’s time to bury your weapon, its actually the time not to.
It seems as though the online reloading supply places can’t get their orders filled, shipped into them either. They get much smaller orders longer distances apart without any answers to why; no joke. Money slipping right through their hands and they claim it’s only going to get worse in 2014.
Well, I began collecting reloading supplies in January 2013.
Don’t have enough yet, but it is not as bad as when I started.
Have not purchased any guns. Just reloading and ammo.
I am not surprised at what you told me, but think I may buy a little more because of what you said.
OTOH, a box of this here and a box of that there are not frowned upon
I read articles some years ago about John Buhmiller's trips to Africa, and now that you mention it, he wasn't a spring chicken at the time... I also remember thinking that he was a tad on the small side to be regularly absorbing some of the recoil his rifles generated.
(He also didn't dress anything like Hollywood's idea of a man on safari.)