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  • 2016 Steps up Pace for Record Gun Buying, NICs Checks

    07/06/2016 4:17:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    2016 continues on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever.  It is not a squeaker.  2016 pulled ahead out of the gate and has been gaining ground ever since.  The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder.In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 .  In 2015, through June, the numbers were 10,466,243.  Through July, they were 12,067,075.  Through August, 2015, they were 13,812,485. For 2016 through June they are 13,829,491. 2016 is already two months ahead of the 2015 record.  It...
  • 2016 Will be the Record Breaking Gun Sales Year of all Time!

    06/21/2016 8:20:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    2016 has been breaking records for gun sales since it began.  In fact, records were being broken seven months before 2016 began.  We only have records until the end of May, but they show a clear trend.  If that trend were followed, then 2016 would have set the record for the most American gun sales in a year, ever. But that trend just got bumped, jumped, and Trumped.  It is now taking off like Falcon SpaceX rocket.  The reason, of course, is politics. The fact is, more than half of Americans associate guns with safety.  That trend has been...
  • Americans Continue to Buy Guns in Record Numbers

    06/14/2016 7:46:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 55 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2016, Americans continue to break records for gun sales.  While the National Instant Check System (NICS) does not track gun sales directly, the numbers are highly correlated. The numbers of NICS checks, and the increase in private firearms, have skyrocketed during the Obama administration.The total for 2016 through the end of May is 11,698,006 instant checks. That is more than the entire year of 2007, which held the record up to that year. Thus, during the Obama years, the number of private firearm sales has doubled.  In 2015, the highest year on record, the total number of checks...
  • Court rules Second Amendment extends to gun sales, could ease zoning laws on gun stores (CA)

    05/16/2016 4:33:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2016 | Anrea Noble
    Constitutional protections afforded by the Second Amendment include the right to buy and sell firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that reinstates a lawsuit in which three California businessmen challenged zoning laws that limit where gun stores can be located. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived Second Amendment challenges brought by businessmen who had sought to open a firearms store in Alameda County, but filed suit after they were denied a zoning permit based on laws that they claimed prevented them from opening a store anywhere in the county. While...
  • March Sees Record Gun Sales

    04/04/2016 11:26:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | April 4, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski
    Gun sales broke records yet again in the month of March. The FBI performed 2,523,265 firearms-related background checks between March 1 and March 31, according to the agency’s records. That’s a new record for the month. It’s nearly 35,000 more checks than the previous record set in March 2014. Despite the new record, March saw the fewest checks of any month so far in 2016. The March record is the eleventh straight monthly record for background checks. The unprecedented streak, which began in May 2015, has included all-time records for both monthly and yearly sales. With 7,682,141 checks processed...
  • Soaring Gun Sales Cause Crime Rate to Plummet

    03/30/2016 5:50:42 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | March 30, 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    Following the record-setting year of gun purchases and ownership, Smith & Wesson projected increasing sales for 2016, coming in at between $150 million and $155 million for the first quarter of the new year. Once all the data was in, however, the nation’s oldest gun maker was forced to revise those numbers upward by 16 percent, to between $175 and $180 million for the next quarter. This squares with the increasing number of background checks, which jumped last year to 23 million, the largest number ever recorded since the federal background check system started in 1998.
  • FBI Declares Arbitrary Halt to Background Check Appeals

    01/26/2016 8:44:20 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 1/26/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    The FBI "temporarily" halted efforts to process denial appeals on background checks, thereby leaving up to "7,100" Americans in limbo as to whether the federal government will allow them to buy a gun. According to USA Today, FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris said the halt in processing appeals, which went into effect on January 20, became necessary because the number of Americans buying guns has overwhelmed FBI background check examiners.
  • Smith & Wesson sales surge as Obama announces new gun regs

    01/05/2016 3:52:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Smith & Wesson shares have surged for the second day Tuesday, driven higher by new gun control measures announced by President Obama. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., the world's largest gunmaker, rose 12 percent Tuesday, following a nearly 6 percent gain on Monday, after news of Obama's plans to tighten U.S. gun laws was reported last week. On Monday evening, management announced that it was raising its guidance because sales had been unexpectedly strong, Business Insider reported. For the three months ending Jan. 31, Smith & Wesson estimates that it will have $175 million to $180 million in...
  • Gun sales hit new record ahead of new Obama gun restrictions

    01/05/2016 8:38:28 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 01/05/2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    New federal data shows 2015 was a record-smashing year for the American firearms industry, with gun sales appearing to hit the highest level on record. Background checks for gun purchases and permits jumped 10 percent last year to 23.1 million, the largest number since the federal background check system began operating in 1998. Black Friday 2015 was the single biggest gun-purchasing day ever, with more than 185,000 checks processed, according to background check figures from the FBI. December saw the highest number of background checks processed in any month. The last five weeks of the year all ranked among the...
  • This Is A Very Troubling Chart (Good stats on exploding gun sales under the Obama Administration)

    01/05/2016 12:21:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 4, 2016
    The chart below, showing the total number of monthly FBI firearm background checks - a direct proxy for gun purchases in the U.S., needs no commentary. Here is the same data, on a monthly basis to avoid the seasonal noise. No matter how one looks at it though, the 3.3 million background checks in December was a record high.Neither of these are the "troubling chart" referenced in the title. This one shown below is, and it comes courtesy of the NYT: The chart shows that while the soaring gun sales are the effect, the cause is simple: president Obama. The...
  • Gun Sales Surge In Switzerland As Army Chief Warns "Arm Yourselves"

    01/01/2016 11:53:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Hillary Clinton says that her "not-so-secret weapon" is her husband Bill and has asked the former president to campaign for her in New Hampshire after the New Year. Bringing in Bill to rescue a flailing Hillary actually sounds like a pretty decent strategy. It appears that she's trying to cash in on the curious but nonetheless real phenomenon of Clinton nostalgia--Bill Clinton nostalgia, that is. People genuinely like the former president even if they can't name a single thing he accomplished while in office. Even so, Bill's rescue operation reflects poorly on Hillary. It's as if she's saying "Yes, I...
  • Banning Gun Sales to People on No-Fly List May Not Be Constitutional, Experts Say (Capt Obvious)

    12/11/2015 6:46:15 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced plans to issue an executive order barring anyone listed on federal terrorist watch lists from purchasing a gun in the state. But while the idea of “no fly, no gun” has found growing support following the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week, including that of President Obama, experts say such a policy may be unconstitutional. The problem lies with the terrorist watch lists themselves, which are both secret and routinely updated without the typical due process given to those who are accused of breaking the law, such as court proceedings. Without a...
  • 'Want to P— Off Obama? Buy a Gun' SC shop sign reads

    12/09/2015 9:38:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    WNCN-TV ^ | 12/8/15
    Driving down Main Street in Simpsonville, a local gun shop sign is making a big political statement following President Obama's call for tougher gun control in an address to the nation Sunday. It implies you can stick it to the man, so to speak, by coming in and buying a gun and, it turns out, the sales prop is working. The sign reads "Want to piss off Obama? Buy a gun." "It's mainly just to sell guns, but there's a little bit of political connotation to it also," said Mark Teal, owner of Simpsonville Gun and Pawn.
  • Why Record Guns Sales are Not Showing in National Gun Ownership Polls

    11/16/2015 1:41:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun sales are at record levels.  In the last six months, gun sales, as reflected by the National Instant Check system, have hit record highs for each of the six months.  It is almost certain that 2015 will be the highest year on record for private gun sales in the United States.  But when national polls ask how many households own guns, the numbers appear to be the same or dropping.  How do we reconcile this seeming contradiction?  The answer is likely in a Zogby Analytic question asked in February of 2015.  From QUESTION: "If a national pollster...
  • Islamic invasion pulls trigger: Europe now scrambles for guns

    10/27/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies ^ | October 27, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders. Tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees” have poured into Austria from Hungary and Slovenia in recent months on their way to Germany and Sweden, two wealthy European countries that have laid out the welcome mat for migrants.
  • Ordinance To Require San Francisco Gun Shops To Videotape Sales Introduced By Supervisor

    09/16/2015 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would require firearms dealers to videotape all gun and ammunition sales and share ammunition sales data with police. The ordinance would require gun stores to keep all videos made of gun and ammunition sales for at least a year, and all records of ammunition sales for up to five years, according to Farrell.
  • Smith & Wesson nails what Obama did for gun sales in one sentence

    06/19/2015 7:52:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/19/2015 | Sam Ro
    The irony of the gun control debate is that when it seems tighter gun control policy is coming, sales spike. "[W]e experienced strong consumer demand for our firearm products following a new administration taking office in Washington, D.C. in 2009," said the management of gunmaker Smith & Wesson. That's when President Barack Obama moved into the White House. The explanation for this phenomenon is pretty simple: If there's a risk that you won't be able to buy guns in the near future, then buy your guns now.
  • Wal-Mart wins gun-sales case against investors who want to bar such purchases

    04/14/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Wal-Mart investors don’t have a right to try to stop the company from selling rifles or any other product those shareholders may think is socially destructive. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the Arkansas-based retailer, reversing a district court ruling in November that would have let the company’s investors influence the store’s policy on high-capacity sporting-rifle sales.
  • Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge

    04/08/2015 6:05:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone — double the total of just three years earlier. The 2013 surge — the latest for which the government has figures — came in the first full year after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, signaling that the push for stricter gun controls, strongly backed by President Obama, did little to chill the industry despite the passage of stricter laws in states such as New York, Maryland, Connecticut...
  • New York Church Taking Walmart To Court Over Gun Sales

    02/09/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by correctthought · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/09/2015 | Clare O'Connorl
    Trinity Church sits in the shadow of lower Manhattan’s One World Trade Center..... .....One of the smaller investments in Trinity’s diverse portfolio: about $300,000 worth of shares in Walmart. This spring, the church will face off against the big-box giant in a court case that could change the way public companies make business decisions.
  • Disarming Realities: As Gun Sales Soar, Gun Crimes Plummet (Forbes:May,2013)

    09/12/2014 12:59:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2013 | Larry Bell
    A couple of new studies reveal the gun-control hypesters’ worst nightmare…more people are buying firearms, while firearm-related homicides and suicides are steadily diminishing. What crackpots came up with these conclusions? One set of statistics was compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice. The other was reported by the Pew Research Center. According to DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. gun-related homicides dropped 39 percent over the course of 18 years, from 18,253 during 1993, to 11,101 in 2011. During the same period, non-fatal firearm crimes decreased even more, a whopping 69 percent. The majority of those declines in both categories...
  • Plan for city gun shops would limit sites, require sales be taped

    05/27/2014 2:36:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 27 may 2014 | Frank Main
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks. The ordinance is a response to a federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. Emanuel chose not to fight the decision, and the court gave the city six months to approve store restrictions short of a ban. The deadline is July 14. Under the proposed ordinance, special-use zoning would keep gun stores out of 99.5 percent of Chicago,...
  • Brady Center lawsuit to use “smart” gun mandate to trigger handgun ban in New Jersey

    05/24/2014 8:58:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Early this month I wrote about New Jersey’s “smart” gun mandate. The statute bans the sale of all ordinary handguns in New Jersey within 30 months of the date when “at least one manufacturer has delivered at least one production model of a personalized handgun to a registered or licensed wholesale or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state.” N.J. Stats. sect. 2C:58–2.2 et seq. A so-called “smart” gun is one with some kind of technology such that only the owner is supposed to be able to fire it. As detailed in my previous post, American police and...
  • FBI Report: Early 2013 Crime Decrease Coincides with Gun Sales Boom

    02/22/2014 4:27:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | February 21, 2014 | Daniel Xu
    FBI Report: Early 2013 Crime Decrease Coincides with Gun Sales Boom The FBI released the Preliminary Seminannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2013 on Tuesday. According to the statistics found in the report, all of the offenses in the violent crime category—including murder, forcible rape, assault, and robbery—showed a significant decrease in early 2013 from the same period in 2012. This drop in violent crime coincided with one of the largest booms for gun sales in recent history. The FBI report was compiled with data submitted by 12,723 law enforcement agencies in the United States for...
  • Is The Obama Administration The Cause Of Gun Ammunition Shortages?

    10/20/2013 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Frank Miniter
    As gun sales break records—partly because of fear of coming gun control from the Obama administration—supplies of ammo ran so low that gun stores and ranges have to ration ammunition. Meanwhile, rumors of mass purchases of ammunition made by government entities began to fly around the Internet. Making all this even worse is that fact that it hasn’t been a short-term supply problem. Now well over a year since the shortages of popular types of ammo began there are still empty shelves and rationing here and there around the United States.
  • Bloomberg warns of illegal online gun sales

    09/18/2013 12:44:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2013 2:30 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says an investigation estimates that thousands of people with criminal records could have bought guns on just one classified ad website. … Bloomberg says the investigation merely “scratched the surface” of the Internet’s illegal guns market. He urged Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks for all gun sales. …
  • Why Have Gun Sales Dropped So Much?

    07/25/2013 4:03:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 115 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | July 25, 2013 | Philip Bump
    n June, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI — a strong indicator of new gun sales — hit its lowest level since September 2011. The figure was down 54 percent from December 2012, in which more background checks were performed than any previous month in history. But why? There are probably four reasons : Obama, the seasons, gun control, and physics. Using data from the FBI, we created a chart showing the number of background checks per month. This isn't tied directly to sales; Kentucky, for example, requires a new check at the renewal of a gun...
  • How The Obama Gun Boom Pushed The Fortune Of Two Brothers To $1.2 Billion (Cabelas)

    05/23/2013 6:05:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | June, 2013 issue | Nathan Vardi
    Shares have increased by 95% in the last year and are up more than 70% already in 2013. That makes Cabela’s stock the best-performing in the firearms industry and one of the top-performing stocks in the U.S. in the last year. The company’s two biggest shareholders, founders Richard and James Cabela, have seen the value of their combined 25% stake jump to $1.2 billion from $750 million at the start of 2013. About one-third of Cabela’s $3.1 billion in sales last year came from firearms, ammunition and accessories, and a substantial amount of its all-important sales growth came from its...
  • GE Halts Financing for Firearm Retailers as Gun Lenders Vanish

    04/25/2013 2:36:19 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Can only post the link as it is Bllomturb material.
  • Gun enthusiasts pack Expo Center for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show

    04/07/2013 7:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | April 7, 2013 | David Harper
    Anyone who has any doubt about how much people love firearms wasn't trying to find a parking spot anywhere near Expo Center on Saturday. Individuals from all over the United States and even some foreign countries were at the fairgrounds to attend the Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, an event that continues on Sunday with a session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show manager Joe Wanenmacher said the semi-annual event usually draws between 35,000 to 40,000 people over the course of a weekend. He said he wouldn't be surprised if attendance reached 50,000 by closing time on Sunday. Wanenmacher said...
  • The Great Gun-Control Fizzle (Obama has become America's Best Gun Salesman)

    04/05/2013 7:34:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2013 | Rich Lowry
    Rarely has the political class whipped itself into a lather that has abated so quickly. After the Newtown, Conn., massacre, so many invested so much hope in President Barack Obama’s pledge to “use whatever power this office holds” to pass new gun-control laws. The president has certainly done his part. He has held rallies. He has used children as props. He has held events with parents of the little victims of Newtown. He has shamed the nation for its alleged forgetfulness over the terrible events of that day. Yet the needle of public opinion is moving the wrong way. CBS...
  • 70,291,049 Background Checks for Gun Purchases Under Obama

    04/03/2013 8:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 3, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    There have been 70,291,049 background checks for gun purchases since President Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. In 2009, the FBI conducted 14,033,824 background checks. If we subtract the month of January (Obama did not assume office until the end of the month) we get 12,819,939. The FBI conducted 14,409,616 background checks in 2010, 16,454,951 in 2011, and 19,592,303 in 2012....
  • Number Of US Gun Makers Refusing Sales To Gov't In 'Firearms Equality Movement' Triples In Two Weeks

    03/09/2013 4:42:50 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies ^ | 3/09/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    On February 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118. The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies. Wilson Combat, a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, joined the movement on February 28 stating the following: "Wilson Combat will...
  • Majority of Youths Will Buy, or Consider Buying, a Gun, Survey Shows

    01/19/2013 9:14:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 08:02 AM | Michael Mullins
    In a poll that will surely make gun control advocates squirm, 60 percent of young Americans plan to, or are considering owning a gun later in life according to an American University (AU) survey released this week. The national survey, which consisted of 4,000 high school and college students, revealed that 40 percent of participants planned to one day own a firearm, while another 20 percent were considering it. “I think the major contribution of the poll results is to demonstrate that now is certainly the time to have a serious conversation about gun control since the next generation is...
  • Nation's biggest gun store calls for revolt

    01/17/2013 4:03:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The nation's biggest arms store, Charlotte, N.C.'s Hyatt Gun Shop, is calling on gun owners to revolt against President Obama's new gun control move, warning that Washington has its eyes on trashing the Second Amendment and stealing gun rights. Hyatt has turned part of its retail webpage over to the plea for action: "Whining to other gun owners and giving up on dialogue with your representatives in Congress is how you GIVE AWAY your gun rights! Remember to contact your representative and senator TODAY and keep contacting them. We cannot stress this enough!" Owner Larry Hyatt told Secrets, "People are...
  • Gun sale surge driven by fear, Obama says

    01/15/2013 4:29:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Charles J. Lewis
    One month after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., President Obama attributed the recent surge of weapons sales to efforts by gun control foes to arouse fears that the federal government would seize firearms. Obama said he would unveil details of his "sensible, common-sense" program for tighter gun controls later this week. The president, responding to questions at a White House news conference Monday, said those steps would include "an assault weapons ban that is meaningful," stronger background checks and measures to keep high-capacity magazine clips "out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them." Asked at his news...
  • Georgia Gun Sales And Permit Applications Soar Post-Newtown

    01/09/2013 7:24:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | January 9,2013 | Katie Leslie
    Gun sales and permit requests have surged across metro Atlanta since the Connecticut school massacre last month, a trend many say will continue as Congress considers tougher gun control measures.
  • Americans Snap Up Guns at Wal-Mart, Ammo Clips on eBay

    12/19/2012 3:05:17 PM PST · by Mozilla · 42 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores. Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal- Mart’s website...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va.

    11/27/2012 7:28:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 2 replies ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Mark Bowes
    Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va. BY MARK BOWES | Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:20 pm Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales. The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over...
  • Guns fly out the door on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 8:09:01 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 32 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Pierce
    This Black Friday marked a personal first for me. I actually stood in line, in the cold, just to be one of the first shoppers allowed into a store when it opened at Midnight. --IMAGE HERE-- So what was I after? Was it the latest electronics? Could it have been a video game system? Perhaps even a sale on tennis shoes? No, no, and no. The only thing that could have convinced me to engage in what I had always characterized as silly behavior was of course … cheap guns! And I was certainly not the only one. My brother-in-law...
  • Gun sales, background checks soar after President Barack Obama re-election

    NAPLES, Fla - Sleeping with a knife under her pillow wasn't enough anymore. Denise Barra needed a gun for protection. Fearing more stringent gun laws could soon be enacted after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the single mother of two stopped by an East Naples gun shop to get educated and maybe purchase a new weapon for her bedside table. "This is a right I have in this country," said Barra, 34, a Naples resident. "Why not take advantage of it and be safe and secure in my own home and not rely on calling 911 or the police...
  • Election triggers gun sales

    11/11/2012 3:01:18 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-11-12 | unattributed
    Gun manufacturer stocks are a hot commodity on Wall Street in the wake of Tuesday's election. Gun shop owners are reaping the benefits, too. Some are selling ten times what they normally do as customers load up. "Our ammo and our guns have literally been flying off the shelf," says Rich Chatmas, co-owner of The Gun Cleaners in Waco, Texas. It's been the trend at the gun shop, especially over the last two days. Customer Brian Richardson has been anticipating President Obama's re-election for months. "I was a little concerned, because I know that the current president is real big...
  • Why Are Northeast Gun Sales Surging?

    09/12/2012 10:29:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Rober Farago 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 I’m at it, the FBI’s 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 ATF’s dictum that the FFL dealers must keep a...
  • June 2012 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 24.5 Percent

    07/30/2012 12:40:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    nssrf.og ^ | July, 2012 | NSSF
    The June 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 846,437 is an increase of 24.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 679,840 in June 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2012 NICS figure of 1,290,210 reflects an 11.4 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,157,714 in June 2011. This marks the 25th straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year. The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan...
  • Gun Sales Surge in Central PA as Election Day Nears

    05/04/2012 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    WPMT-TV ^ | May 4, 2012 | Amber Miller
    GLEN ROCK, YORK COUNTY — Gun sales are on the rise as fear connected to the upcoming presidential election, along with crime rise. Freedom Armory in Glen Rock, York County has seen a 25% increase in sales since November, during the 2012 Presidential Republican Primary debates. Handguns make up the bulk of the sales. Some believing President Barack Obama will win re-election and implement stricter gun laws.
  • Gun Sales on the Rise (Alabama)

    08/27/2011 6:14:39 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    In July alone, 21,000 guns were sold in Alabama. To put that number in perspective, 4 years ago, Alabama gun sales hit just over 14,000. Since 2008, gun sales have steadily climbed each year. You may think people are purchasing guns for safety. While that's true, it's not the main reason. The economy is causing firearm sales to soar. The number of FBI background checks preformed this year alone is at a record high number. Gun sales have steadily climbed each year since 2008. There are many theories exactly why gun sales are on the rise across the country. Some...
  • Despite Economy, Ohio, U.S. Gun Sales Defy Gravity

    08/21/2011 7:15:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Shooting Illustrated ^ | August 17, 2011 | J.R. Absher
    Despite Economy, Ohio, U.S. Gun Sales Defy Gravity The economy of Ohio is centered to a high degree on the manufacturing of a myriad of consumer products, perhaps to a higher degree than dozens of other states. As a result, one would think the current downturn in the national economy would be intensified in The Buckeye State. Ohioans may not be dining out as much or buying new refrigerators and pickup tracks, but recently released figures from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) indicate they are continuing to purchase firearms at a record pace. During the first seven...
  • Smuggled weapons: Bigger the better

    05/30/2011 10:53:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies - Hearst Newspapers ^ | 29 May 2011 | Dan Freedman
    Convicted gun smuggler John Phillip Hernandez of Houston was likely not the kind of customer that Bushmaster Firearms International had in mind when he purchased 14 of their .223-caliber AR-15s at Houston area gun shops in 2006 and 2007. Bushmaster describes the AR-15 rifles, a civilian version of the U.S. military's standard-issue M-16, as intended "for law enforcement, security and private consumer use.“ But the weapons Hernandez and his associates purchased ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartel pistoleros, including a Bushmaster .223 that was used to kill four police officers and three secretaries in Acapulco. A Hearst...
  • FBI: Gun sales up, murders down

    12/24/2009 2:49:08 PM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies · 1,637+ views
    Sonoran Weekly Review ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports a ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of 2009, while at a time US gun sales are going through the roof, according to reports obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Meanwhile, gun sales to private citizens soared almost 30 percent during that same period. Gun rights advocates claim that these numbers are further proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, state officials from the Second Amendment Foundation, a civil rights group. Further, the SAF contends that the increase in private citizen gun-ownership...