Firearms production has nearly tripled since 2000
February 24, 2014
Earlier this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released figures from 2012 on firearms manufacturing.
The Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report shows more than 8.57 million guns were made in the U.S in 2012, a 31 percent increase from the prior year and almost triple from 2000. The report is delayed a year because of the Trade Secrets Act.
Government stats reveal the Obama administration has served as a boon to the gun industry. More than 26 million firearms were manufactured in the United States since the election of Obama. That overshadows the 25.5 million guns produced during the entire eight years of the Bush administration. The tally during Obama’s reign will likely surpass that of the Clinton administration when 33 million guns were produced.
“The numbers reflect growing consumer demand. Wait until you see the data for 2013. The reason for increasing demand is multi-faceted but surely is driven by concern that state and federal legislation would infringe on the Second Amendment,” Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation told Guns.com.
A number of state legislatures have reacted to efforts by the federal government to seriously hamper the Second Amendment. The latest bill was passed in Missouri. The Second Amendment Preservation Act, which declares federal gun laws null and void in the state, passed the Missouri Senate on a 23-10 vote last week.
Legislators in the state also proposed a constitutional amendment that would define the right to bear arms as “unalienable” and require Missouri to defend against any infringement of the Second Amendment.