February 9, 2009

Firearm Sales Continue Upward in January

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Despite a weak economy and slumping retail sales, firearm sales continued to increase in January, continuing an upswing that began after November's election.

Data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) show background checks on the sale of firearms jumped 28.8 percent in January when compared to January 2008. The increase follows a 24 percent rise in December and a 42 percent jump in November, when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed.

FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers. These checks serve as a strong indicator of actual sales.

"Since the election, sales of firearms -- in particular handguns and semi-automatic hunting and target rifles -- are fast outpacing inventory," said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. "Americans are clearly concerned about their ability to be able to purchase these products in an uncertain future."

NICS reported 1,213,885 checks in January, up from 942,556 in the same month a year ago. Last year, a total of 12,709,023 background checks were reported, up 14 percent from 2007.

NSSF, founded in 1961, is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition and recreational shooting sports industry. It promotes the safe ownership and responsible use of products its members make and sell. For more information, visit www.NSSF.org.

Comments (5)

There may be legal reprecussions associated with a $500.00 voucher for firearm purchases. I would be the first to protest and exclaim the government is limiting my choice of purchase to manufacturers such as Glock, Armalite and Taurus when my preference is Sig Sauer.

Posted by: JWallace | March 1, 2009 2:02 PM    Report this comment

What about the 1st Ammendment? I should be free to express myself by shooting at targets or collecting firearms if I so choose, yet we never hear that argument brought up.

Posted by: PVB | February 12, 2009 12:29 PM    Report this comment

This is the key to boosting the economy. Part of the spending bill should include a $500.00 voucher for every eligible American to buy a handgun to boost the economy.

Posted by: Robert J | February 12, 2009 8:39 AM    Report this comment

Gun sales are one of the few things driving the economy right now. The government won't take any action (approving anti-gun bills) while the economy is suffering. They may consider this type of action after the economy recovers. Handguns and Semi-Auto Rifles are fairly expensive. Combine the 2nd amendment right to bear arms with a costly investment and you will come to the conclusion that disarming the American Citizen is not going to happen. I believe we have some time to make our purchase but will need to keep an eye on anti-gun bills after the economy recovers.

Posted by: JWallace | February 11, 2009 7:29 PM    Report this comment

Waiting lists for semi-automatic rifles are averaging between 1 and 6 months. Ammo availability is shrinking rapidly, and prices on everything are skyrocketing.

In spite of soothing reassurances from the likes of Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)and the useful idiots in the Brady Bunch, bills have already been filed in federal and numerous state legislatures to destroy the protections of the 2nd Amendment.

It's now very late. If you haven't got 'em by now, you're way behind the power curve.

Posted by: Gaviota | February 9, 2009 6:43 PM    Report this comment

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