Obama’s unconstitutional “executive actions” on guns has done more than merely increased gun sales in the United States – it has set stratospheric records.
In 2015, the FBI processed more than 23.1 million firearm-related background checks – more than at any other time in American history.
That figure is supported by a massive increase in background checks in December. In that month alone, there were 3.3 million background checks performed – a number almost a half-million higher than December 2012, the previous record.
The feds don’t track gun sales (thank God!), but they do track the NICS background checks necessary to purchase a gun at a licensed dealer. It’s considered the most reliable gauge of how many firearms are sold in any given period of time. The numbers aren’t perfect though – checks aren’t required between private parties (yet) and one background check can cover the purchase of multiple firearms.
Still, it’s a good indication of the political sentiment. Whenever politicians, especially a president, start talking about gun control, firearm sales skyrocket.
And Obama’s not the only lawmaker looking to restrict gun rights. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (D.) issued an executive order imposing new gun control measures and the Democrat-controlled city council of Seattle imposed a new tax on guns and ammunition.
Gun rights activists say that Democrats’ new aggressive posture on gun control contributed to 2015’s record sales.
“A day has not gone by without a major media assault on gun rights or an Obama administration call for new additional restrictions on gun ownership,” said Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. “Americans have voted with their dollars and bought record levels of guns and ammunition.”
In the second half of the year, terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California drove gun and ammunition sales even higher. Some dealers reported seeing their business triple in the wake of the attacks, cautioning that the spike was drying up supply in some areas.
Gun rights activist believe that sales will continue to set records in the new year.
About Robert Gehl
Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.