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!

Gun ShowIf 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)

Cross posted from All American Blogger.

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