Though most gun owners disagree with President Obama’s anti-gun policies, we cannot argue that he has been great for gun sales. Since Obama took office, 66 million firearms have been sold and sales remain strong.
According to data recently released by BATFE in its Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report (AFMER), U.S. gun makers produced a record number of firearms in 2012— 8.578 million. That’s up 31% from 2011 (6.541 million). Moreover, the 2011 total was 20% higher than the 2010 mark of 5.459 million.
Gun Mag Senior Editor Dave Workman told Bloomberg News, “Barack Obama is the stimulus package for the firearms industry. The greatest irony of the Obama administration is that the one industry that he may not have really liked to see healthy has become the healthiest industry in the United States.”
The 2012 manufacturing figures are the most recent numbers released by ATF. The ATF compiles data submitted by the companies and releases it each January, with a one-year delay to comply with the Trade Secrets Act.
According to the AFMER 2012 data, the top five pistol manufacturers in 2012 were Sturm, Ruger & Company (865,967), Smith & Wesson Corp. (606,082), Sig Sauer, Inc. (532,575), Beretta USA (140,670) and Glock, Inc. (131,550).
The top five rifle manufacturers in 2012 were Remington Arms Co. (738,690), Maverick Arms, Inc.-Mossberg (548,885), Sturm, Ruger & Company (534,327), Savage Arms, Inc. (302,757) and Smith & Wesson Corp. (302,343).
The top five revolver manufacturers in 2012 were Sturm, Ruger & Company (251,940), Smith & Wesson Corp. (216,150), Heritage Mfg. Co. (54,924), North American Arms (54,511) and CHARCO (36,992).
The top five shotgun manufacturers in 2012 were Maverick Arms, Inc.-Mossberg (601,151), Remington Arms Co. (373,050), Savage Arms, Inc. (15,332), Beretta USA (8,583), and Kel-Tec CNC Industries (7,362).
As far as National Instant Criminal Background Checks System checks, the 10 busiest NICS weeks have occurred after the Newtown shooting in December 2012.