Here Are Some Interesting Numbers
Lately I have been looking for some statistics or even some numbers concerning gun ownership and demographics. Well I finally found some numbers and I wanted to share them with my readers/followers. So without delay here is what I was able to find.
In December 2012 there were 2,237,731 NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System) checks
From 2002 to 2011 there was a 54% rise in the number of NICS checks. 2005 9 million NICS checks, 2006 10 million checks, 2007 11 million, 2008 12 million, 2009 14 million, 2011 16 million NICS checks.
1959 about 60% of the American public favored some kind of gun control, but in January 2013 Gallup found that 62% oppose such controls.
41 states have “the right to carry laws on the books, 38 states have “shall issue” laws. “Shall Issue” laws are generally to prevent local governments from arbitrarily refusing to give gun permits. 49 states have laws that back up a citizens right to carry- the lone hold out Illinois-which is now under a 180 day Federal court clock to come up with a right to carry law. So far the Illinois (ILL-Annoy) legislature is more concerned about someone throwing cigarette butts out on the road side than the Federal court mandate, and their self-imposed 68 billion dollar deficit caused by their pension system. The politicians here just do NOT want to make the hard choices, as they are more worried about re-election than doing what’s right and needs to be done. Currently, estimates are that there are 9 million concealed carry permit holders nation wide. Back in the 1980’s that number was less than 2 million.
Hand Gun manufacturing.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) in 2001, 946,979 hand guns were produced/made in America, That number has risen in 2011 , the latest BATF figures, to 3,060,584 handguns. Also in 2011 66% of the guns sold in America were made in America.
Gallup has found in a January 2013 survey that just 38% of Americans want stricter gun control laws. There are over 100 million gun owners in America. Hunters have increased 9% nationally from 2006-2011.
Women gun owners have also increased from 13% in 2005 to 23% in December 2012. The number of Democratic leaning households that are gun owners have increased from 30% in 2009 to 40% by December 2012.
I was able to find these numbers from the American Rifleman, May 2013, Volume 161, No. 5.