2016 has been an amazing year for gun sales and September was an all time record breaker. Maybe people are worried that Obama may use his last few months in office to infringe their gun rights?
The Washington Examiner reports:
Gun sales hit 17th straight monthly record, up 27 percent
Gun sales hit the 17th consecutive monthly record in September according to FBI data released on Monday, and overall sales are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year.
A total of 1,992,219 background checks were processed through the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the month of September, higher than the 1,795,102 conducted in September 2015.
The number of checks run through the FBI’s NICS system is a reliable indicator of how firearm sales are trending, though there is no precise correlation between the number of checks and the number of guns being sold. Licensed dealers are required to run a check in the database every time they make a sale, but sometimes turn buyers down.
Sales have surged in the wake of ammunition shortages and fears that the Obama administration may seek to restrict Second Amendment rights in the president’s waning days in office. Experts say the equipment being sold indicates interest has spiked out of growing interest in self-defense and hunting.
Terror attacks such as the one in Orlando and the recent shooting at a shopping mall in Washington State are undoubtedly driving these record sales as well.
Bearing Arms has more:
FBI: Gun Owners Set New Gun-Buying Record in September
The FBI uses the NICS to gauge just how strong gun activity is across the nation. It’s considered to be one of the most accurate ways of judging the number of gun purchases are made on a monthly basis.
“Sales of handguns and AR’s have been very strong for the past two months. Hunting rifles have been about average for this time of year,” said Scott Blick, a managing partner at Ammunition Depot. “Ammunition sales are definitely following that pattern with sales of 9mm ammo and .223 ammo being extremely strong.”
People are buying ammunition in bulk because of the possibility that come 2017, ammo will be more expensive and harder to find.
The NRA should thank Obama.
As president, he turned out to be the world’s greatest gun salesman.
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