Since the election of Donald Trump, gun sales have fallen from the record years during the Obama administration. People feared Obama would force gun control or try to use his executive order to enforce more gun control, so record numbers of Americans bought guns and lots of ammunition. Since Trump, gun sales have fallen to the point that Remington ended up filing for bankruptcy.
If March of 2018 is any indication, gun sales are increasing, probably because so many politicians are calling for more gun control and it seems more likely now than during Obama’s years, that more gun control will be passed. Compared to March of 2017, sales are up 11.4%.
(Ammoland Shooting Sports News) – Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimates March 2018 firearms sales at 1,594,988 units, a year-over-year increase of 11.4% from March 2017.
Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting’s firearms unit sales estimates are based on raw data taken from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), adjusted for checks likely to be unrelated to end-user firearms sales.
The FBI’s numbers cannot be taken at face-value as very large numbers of background checks are unrelated to end-user sales. For example, in March the state of Kentucky conducted almost 391,000 so-called permit checks whereas end-user checks at firearms retailers amounted to just over 30,000 checks…
This is not that surprising since it’s also been reported that in many locations around the nation, applications for concealed carry permits or licenses have jumped by as much as 100% since the school shooting in Florida back in February. Additionally, requests for required firearm training classes for concealed carry permits have jumped by as much as 250%.