Another 1,000,000 Guns Sold…Last Month

The gun industry is in no need of stimulus.  So far this year, over 9 million guns have been sold in America and over a million were sold just last month:

Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.

So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year!

If you think nine million guns sold in eight months is unreal, consider this:  NCIS background checks can cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.  It’s possible that a person picks out two or three guns, but only gets one background check, meaning there’s a good chance the real number of firearms purchased is over ten million.

So what are people buying?

The bulk of the buying has been concentrated on the following types of guns or calibers:

  • Semi Auto Handguns
  • Revolvers
  • Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle
  • .50 Caliber

According to the article, there are an estimated 355 million guns in America, or 1.17 guns per person.  Some call that dangerous and scary. 

I call it a good start.

Hat Tip:  Instapundit

Photo Credit:  Michael (mt5tx)

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Duane Lester

Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.

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