2013 Gun Sales Set New Record

2013 Gun Sales Set New Record
Gun shows are a good place to shop for new or used firearms. Photo by M. Glasgow
Photo by M. Glasgow
Photo by M. Glasgow

President Obama continues to be the best gun salesman in U.S. history, with new statistics released by the FBI showing gun sales shattering previous records.

If gun control advocates were wondering how willing Americans would be to give up their guns, they got their answer in new background check data released by the FBI recently.

It appears the more aggresively gun control is pushed the more guns people buy. That, of course, is no news to gun owners who felt the sting as the supply chain of AR-15s, handguns and ammunition ran dry last year.

But just how many guns were sold? How about 1.5 million more than the previous year:

The FBI has released new statistics on NICS background checks showing 2013 gun sales hit a new record. The total number of background checks conducted for gun sales last year add up to 21,093,273, beating the previous 2012 record of 19,592,303 by 1,500,970. Texas conducted the most background checks with 1,633,278. Kentucky came is second with 1,578,331 background checks conducted.

States that implemented more gun control measures in 2013 saw a spike in gun sales, especially in relation to population. Gun sales in Maryland doubled, going from 136,604 in 2012 to 231,361 in 2013. In 2012, Colorado conducted 414,838 checks, in 2013, there were 514,658. In Connecticut, 237,496 checks were conducted in 2012 and in 2013, 294,338 went through the system. Background checks in New York, home of the S.A.F.E. Act, also went up in 2013. Source: Townhall.com

Obama has recently released a new volley of executive orders aimed at controlling gun ownership. Yet it remains to be seen how serious these new gun control threats will be taken by American gun owners. When the gun sales for 2014 are tallied at the end of the year, we'll likely have our answer.

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Gun Digest 2014, 68th Edition

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