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Americans Send Obama Message, Set Firearm Purchase Record

Friday, January 8, 2016

Americans Send Obama Message, Set Firearm Purchase Record

Background checks may not stop criminals from getting guns, but new data on the number of checks make the case that Americans are not as enthusiastic about gun control as President Barack Obama wants people to believe.

On Monday, the day before Obama announced a series of executive actions on gun control, the FBI reported that there were record-shattering numbers of background checks for firearm purchases and permits in the month of December and for the entire year of 2015.

A whopping 3.3 million firearm-related checks were conducted in December, the highest one-month tally in the history of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That’s 43.5 percent more than in December 2014, when there were only 2.3 million. The record-shattering number came about after the White House announced that Obama would issue a series of executive actions on gun control this month. The previous one-month high, 2.8 million in December 2012, came about after Obama declared that gun control would be a top priority during his final term of office.

The current surge, while spiking in December, began earlier in the year. The monthly tallies for May-November 2015 were the highest on record for those months too. All told, 2015 had the highest number for a single year, 23.1 million, a 10 percent increase (that’s two million plus) over the annual totals for 2013 and 2014. The trend suggests that Americans’ opposition to Obama’s anti-gun agenda has increased to an all-time high, and would be even higher for Hillary Clinton’s even more ambitious anti-gun presidential campaign platform.

Handguns, the type of gun that most gun control supporters most would like to see banned, accounted for 57 percent of checks conducted for the purchase of a single type of firearm in 2015. In December, however, 58 percent were for long guns, presumably driven by the purchase of the immensely popular AR-15 and other detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles, which gun control supporters call “assault weapons.” The new NICS numbers, taken in conjunction with firearm manufacturing, firearm importation, and firearm ownership survey data, suggest that Americans now own well over eight million AR-15s, and the number is growing at roughly a million a year.

The surge in firearm purchases suggests that gun control supporters cannot possibly believe their bogus claim that “40 percent” of firearms are sold without background checks. If the claim were true, it would mean that there were about 34 million guns sold in 2015, at which point Michael Bloomberg would have realized that it’s “game over for gun control,” time to turn out the lights at Everytown HQ and resume his busybody battle against soda pop.

One thing is certain, however. If firearm ownership continues to expand at its current rate, there really could be a day in the not too distant future when Bloomberg, Obama, Clinton and those who share their goals will have to wonder whether there is any point in continuing to indulge their anti-gun obsessions.

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Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

Last week, we wrote about Americans for Responsible Solutions’ irresponsible misinformation about The Hearing Protection Act on Twitter.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who took notice of ARS’s complete disregard for the facts on ...

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322. 

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme court, asserted during his confirmation hearings this week that Scalia’s landmark Second Amendment opinion in District of ...

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

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