Rifle, Ammo Sales Sky Explode
Although Americans who listen to the national media have been presented analyses finishing that: (a) the economy is in the summer, (b) the economy is not bad, (c) the economic recovery has ended, (d) the recovery hasn’t already occurred, (e), being out of work is uncontrolled, (f) people are finding jobs and (g) everyone is out of work, one economic indicator that seems to be accurate (but unacknowledged) is rifle sales are providing a large stimulus to the economy.
Rifle expert Mike Korwin notes the February 2012 adjusted National Instant Court records Check System (NICS) weapon background-checks total of 1, 266, 344 was an increase of 31. 4 percent more than the 963, 746 NICS checks during February 2011.
These numbers from the National Shooting Sports Foundation were adjusted to accurately reflect actual firearms sales because some NICS checks are done for states that use NICS to get people qualified for Concealed Carry Tools (CCW) permits (and other purposes)
These figures aren’t exact sales numbers (one NICS check can be used for multiple tools purposes) and some folks, after an NICS check, don’t purchase a weapon (although most do).
However, if NSSF didn’t carefully figure adjustments, the figures would be different.
For example, the unadjusted February 2012 NICS count is 1, 734, 646 background checks, an 16. 6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1, 463, 138 in February 2011.
Dorothy Brady’s “Campaign to prevent Rifle Violence” allegedly was nauseated the device they promulgated informed the public that 1. 7 million Americans sought guns or gun-related actions in a single month.
February was the 21st straight month NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased fn 57 when compared to the same period the last year.
The American economy may be going to Hades, but the firearms industry is a major bright spot in the economy. More information is available on line at http: //www. nssf. org/bulletpoints/links/030512. cfm
Total NICS background checks from its beginning (November 1998) through Mar 2011 totaled 145. 7 million. The most checks for any month occurred during 12 , 2011 with 1, 882, 000.
Three of the top-10 days for background checks have occurred since “Black Friday” (the record sales day in U. S. history) which was Nov 25, 2011.
Mar 2012 was the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures increased.
With 145 million background checks for firearms eligibility conducted during the past 14 years, the media’s figure of 200 million guns in American hands today probably is a smidgeon low.
As a sidebar, Ruger stopped taking orders because it has more than 1 million current back orders. Ruger’s weapon sales by April 2012 supposedly surpass all sales for 2011. Smith&Wesson, Mossberg, Hi Point and other wines rifle manufacturers face similar problems, if one can call extra orders for their products a problem (in a terrible economy).
Moreover, overall U. S. exports of arms and bullets in six sporting categories increased twenty four. 5 percent in Jan 2012 compared to Jan 2011. Jan 2012 exported units in followed categories totaled 119. 0 million units, up from 80. 2 million units reported in Jan 2011.
However, overall U. S. imports of arms and bullets in the same six, followed sporting categories decreased 21 years of age. 1 percent in Jan 2012 compared to Jan 2011 — which means the U. S. balance of trade for arms and bullets is in positive territory, a plus for the economy : and U. S. arms makers are producing guns Americans want rather than foreign-made tools.
Jan 2012 imported units in the six followed categories totaled 114. 9 million, down from 145. 7 million reported in Jan 2011. All figures are from U. S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
The six followed categories are handguns, rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, shotgun cartridges and other cartridges. Pistol exports increased 65. 6 percent from 10, 557 to 18, 487.