Law-abiding gun owners in the U.S. have frequently criticized the Obama administration for its perceived efforts to restrict the scope of the Second Amendment. According to recent data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, gun-toting Americans have responded to the ostensible slight by purchasing more guns than they did during the previous administration.
While about 4.5 million firearms were manufactured in 2007, the last full year of George W. Bush’s second term, gun sales during the latest year for which figures are available showed a more than three-fold increase. In fact, roughly the same number of handguns was produced in 2013 as all firearms combined during 2007.
In all, about 13.8 million guns were manufactured in 2013. Broken down by types of weapon, handguns made up the largest portion with about 4.4 million new firearms produced. Rifles were close behind, with gunsmiths adding approximately 3.9 million new weapons. About 1.2 million shotguns were also produced during the year.