Thursday, July 30, 2009

9.1 Million

That's the number of NICS background checks for firearm purchases in the last six months. Easily the highest number on record, by a considerable margin. Not all of those guns were new, and not all were American-made, but it looks like domestic firearm manufacturing is going to have a huge spike in 2009, maybe bigger than 1994. In that year, 5.2 million guns were produced in the U.S.

Ironically, firearm sales languished during the Bush years, 2001-2009. So much for a "gun-friendly" White House. There was a huge spike in handgun production in 1993-1994, but for most of the Bush years, rifle production outpaced handguns.

h/t Say Uncle.

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