Category Archives: Gun Owners

Federal background checks on pace for biggest year ever

Background checks processed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system hit all-time highs again in October.

NICS processed 2.3 million checks last month, putting the system just 935,737 behind last year’s record of 23.1 million.

Last month’s checks increased 18 percent over October 2015 and spiked 17 percent compared to September totals.

The adjusted NICS totals also show notable growth in background checks, up 13 percent over last year and 18 percent from September.

The adjusted total is calculated by removing permit checks and rechecks from the total number of background checks performed for the month. Industry analysts and trade associations, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, use the adjusted total as a measurement of gun sales across the country.

A combined 962,403 permit checks and rechecks were conducted last month, shrinking the adjusted total to just under 1.4 million.

Still, it’s the biggest October on record since the federal background check system rolled out in 1998. As the firearms industry heads into its busiest selling season, NICS could secure its biggest year ever by the end of November.

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Consumers delay large purchases, opt for guns instead

A private survey conducted by Harris Polls found 97 percent of consumers will forgo major purchases — like homes and cars — until after the Nov. 8 election, with some opting to buy guns instead.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 adults between Oct. 20 and Oct. 24, on behalf of the supply chain company Elementum, according to multiple media outlets, and found 16 percent planned to buy a gun ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Detailed results show one in five southerners plan to buy a gun ahead of the election. Almost a quarter of respondents aged 35 to 44 say they, too, plan to buy a firearm in the next week. Some 24 percent of women also indicated a gun was their top purchase priority.

Presidential elections have long influenced gun sales nationwide — a historical trend many firearms retailers big and small say they count on to drum up sales in the weeks before the election.

Both Beretta and Gander Mountain unveiled pre-election sales within the last week, offering deals on ammunition and semi-automatic weapons, The Washington Examiner reports.

Even privately-owned gun shops, like Westside Armory in Las Vegas, jumped on the bandwagon last month with its attention-grabbing “Crooked Hillary” sale.

Cameron Hopkins, owner of Westside Armory, said the hype around gun control under a potential Hillary Clinton presidency is great for business.

“We absolutely recognize that when Hillary Clinton is the next president, gun prices are going to go up,” he said during an Oct. 18 interview with Guns.com. “We want to make everyone aware that there will be much more gun control and there will be a panic wave, just like when Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012. It’s just simple economics.”

Clinton’s support for expanded background checks, closing “loopholes” in online and gun show sales and her desire to repeal a 2005 law shielding gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits makes gun rights advocates weary.

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Why Do You Need A Gun In A Wal-Mart Parking Lot?

A recent episode of armed self-defense in Minnesota is a perfect example of how gun-ban advocates’ lies about “good guys with guns” are just that—lies.

Anti-gunners and their enablers in the so-called “mainstream” media like to do things like compare the number of murders to the number of criminals killed in self-defense shootings to make their incorrect point that armed citizens never stop criminals. In fact, Shannon Watts, head of Michael Bloomberg’s Demanding Moms, once said in a CNN interview regarding the concept of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun: “This has never happened. Data shows it doesn’t happen.”

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Consider the Minnesota example mentioned earlier.

A St. Cloud man and his wife were walking through a Wal-Mart parking lot last Wednesday night when a man walked up behind them with a baseball bat. He yelled at the couple, then asked them if they had “ever been hit in the head with a bat.”

The couple ignored him and continued toward their vehicle, but then heard the suspect take a deep breath. Turning and seeing the assailant with his bat raised to strike, the man pulled his concealed handgun, prompting the wannabe attacker to drop the bat and run away. Police later arrested 30-year-old Phillip Keys on suspicion of second-degree assault.

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Charlotte violence sparks self defense gun buying spree

The explosion of racial violence in Charlotte, N.C. has led to a gun buying spree by locals worried about their safety.

At Hyatt Guns, one of the nation’s largest, staff arrived Thursday morning after the second night of riots and encountered a line of buyers.

“First off, our prayers are with law enforcement this morning. People are afraid. They see lunacy in the streets being perpetrated by criminals and they are gearing up to protect themselves,” Justin Anderson, director of marketing for Hyatt Guns told Secrets.

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3% of adults own half the nation’s guns

Gun “super-owners” are on the rise.

According to a study by Harvard and Northeastern University study obtained by the Guardian, three percent of American adults own half of the guns in the United States. This group of 7.7 million “super-owners” has between eight and 140 guns each, according to the survey.

The Census Bureau estimates there are about 247 million adults in the U.S. So according to the survey’s results, 7.7 million Americans own an average of about 17 guns each.

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