Although Americans who listen to the national media have been presented analyses final that: (a) the economy is in the casual, (b) the economy is not bad, (c) the economic recovery has ended, (d) the recovery has never occurred, (e), unemployment is wild, (f) people are finding jobs and (g) everyone is out of work, one economic indicator that seems to be accurate (but unacknowledged) is gun sales are providing a large stimulus to the economy.
Gun expert Joe Korwin notes the February 2012 adjusted National Instant Police arrest records Check System (NICS) gun background-checks total of 1, 266, 344 was an increase of 31. 4 percent more than the 963, 746 NICS checks during February 2011.
These numbers from the National Shooting Sports Foundation were adjusted to accurately reflect actual weapons sales because some NICS checks are done for states that use NICS to get people qualified for Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permits (and other purposes)
These figures aren’t exact sales numbers (one NICS check can be used for multiple weapons purposes) and some folks, after an NICS check, don’t purchase a gun (although most do).
However, if NSSF didn’t carefully figure adjustments, the figures would be different.
For example, the unadjusted February 2012 NICS count is 1, 734, 646 record checks, 5.7×28 ammo an 18. 6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1, 463, 138 in February 2011.
Sarah Brady’s “Campaign to prevent Gun Violence” allegedly was nauseated the machine they promulgated informed the public that 1. 7 million Americans sought guns or gun-related actions available as one month.
February was the 21st straight month NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the prior year.
The American economy may be going to Hades, but the weapons industry is a major bright spot throughout the market. More information is available on line at http: //www. nssf. org/bulletpoints/links/030512. cfm
Total NICS record checks from its beginning (November 1998) through Strut 2011 totaled 145. 7 million. The most checks for any month occurred during November 2011 with 1, 882, 000.
Three of the top-10 days for record checks have occurred since “Black Friday” (the record sales day in You. S. history) which was December 25, 2011.
Strut 2012 was the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures increased.
With 145 million record checks for weapons eligibility conducted during the past 14 years, the media’s figure of 200 million guns in American hands today probably is a smidgeon low.
As a sidebar, Ruger stopped taking orders because it has more than 1 million current back orders. Ruger’s gun sales by April 2012 apparently maxed all sales for 2011. Smith&Wesson, Mossberg, Hi Point and more gun manufacturers face similar problems, if one can call extra orders for their products a problem (in a terrible economy).
Moreover, overall You. S. exports of arms and ammo in six sporting categories increased 48. 5 percent in Economy is shown 2012 compared to Economy is shown 2011. Economy is shown 2012 exported units in monitored categories totaled 119. 0 million units, up from 80. 2 million units reported in Economy is shown 2011.
However, overall You. S. imports of arms and ammo in the same six, monitored sporting categories decreased 21. 1 percent in Economy is shown 2012 compared to Economy is shown 2011 — which means the You. S. balance of trade for arms and ammo is in positive territory, a vital for the economy — and You. S. arms makers are producing guns Americans want rather than foreign-made weapons.
Economy is shown 2012 imported units in the six monitored categories totaled 114. 9 million, down from 145. 7 million reported in Economy is shown 2011. All figures are from You. S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
The six monitored categories are handguns, weapons, shotguns, muzzleloaders, shotgun cartridges and other cartridges. Hand gun exports increased 65. 6 percent from 10, 557 to teen, 487.