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And now, the good news....... #14336621 12/04/19
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America’s love affair with guns is only getting stronger.

New federal data shows that there are 422.9 million firearms in circulation, or about 1.2 guns for every person in the country.

What’s more, despite years of criticism of modern “assault-style” rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47, there are a record 17.7 million in private hands, proving that it is the most popular gun around.

And last year alone, the arms industry produced 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition.

The figures are from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and were crunched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade group.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, president of the NSSF, in a statement releasing the group’s new report.

“The modern sporting rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today. The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes and to participate in the recreational shooting sports,” he said.


Gun shops contacted by Secrets said that they are seeing more and more purchases of semiautomatic weapons such as handguns and AR-15s due to the criticism of those guns by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

“Sales have definitely been brisk, especially of small, concealable handguns. We also saw a spike in sales of tactical rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, for which I think we can confidently thank Beto O’Rourke,” said Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the country’s biggest retailers.

During his short presidential campaign, O'Rourke called for a ban on the rifles.

Other details from the NSSF report, shared with Secrets:

Of all rifles produced in 2017, 54% were modern sporting rifles.
In 2017, 7,901,218 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,411,923 were pistols and revolvers, 2,821,945 were rifles, and 667,350 were shotguns.
An interim 2018 estimate showed 7,660,772 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,277,971 were pistols and revolvers, 2,846,757 were rifles, and 535,994 were shotguns.
Firearms-ammunition manufacturing accounted for nearly 12,000 employees producing more than $4.1 billion in goods shipped in 2017.
An estimated 8.1 billion rounds, of all calibers and gauges, were produced in 2018 for the U.S. market.


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Re: And now, the good news....... [Re: jnyork] #14336627 12/04/19
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If it's an average of 1.2 per person, I am covering for a few others, as I am sure many here are as well...…..

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I believe that 422.9 million is an extremely conservative number. I think it's north of 600 million.

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From what I have seen in the shops I frequent, more traffic than ever.
Don’t know if it’s a election year thing or people just stocking up..

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does that count the ones lost in various lakes.....


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Originally Posted by m1rifleman
does that count the ones lost in various lakes.....



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I have a few people covered for sure, not very many autos.

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We were at a friend's ranch the other day and I pulled an AR-15 to scope up and zero... my wife was surprised and she asked how many guns are at the house. Not that she has anything against them. Apparently I covering for one or six people, makes sense on a household of 6. I'll tell her our house has "an average number of guns".

Hopefully they won't be lost on the boating trip next weekend.

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I'd say it's more lust than love.

My wife knows how many guns I have. She counts them, then goes through all the gun cases, then picks up all the original boxes making sure they are empty. She hates the spending of money. It might sound awful but it's exactly why I married her. Somebody had to protect me from myself.


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Originally Posted by Fugawe
I believe that 422.9 million is an extremely conservative number. I think it's north of 600 million.



There were almost 300 million background checks run under Obummer. So I would guess, 600 million is closer to the truth.


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Originally Posted by Stormin_Norman
Originally Posted by Fugawe
I believe that 422.9 million is an extremely conservative number. I think it's north of 600 million.



There were almost 300 million background checks run under Obummer. So I would guess, 600 million is closer to the truth.

Probably more than that. If there were 300 million checks run during the 8 years of the Obama administration, many of them were for more than one gun. Also there's a century or so of guns sold before then and three years of sales after.

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Without checking, that's how many I have


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Beto is obviously a tool/shill for the gun industry......... smile

Look what effect he is having on sales.

Damn, those gun makers are clever!


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Re: And now, the good news....... [Re: jnyork] #14338603 Yesterday at 02:21 AM
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I lost ALL of mine in that big flood locally LAST Christmas.... right after my insurance policy didn't renew....

Dang it....

I so distraught, I joined Mom's Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety..

and sent a check to Michael Bloomberg for $250.000 to curb gun violence......in Chicago...




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That is a bunch of guns, more made every day!

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It's called - preparing for the soon to commence civil war...


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