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Old December 4th, 2019, 03:15 PM #1
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ATF: 423M guns in America, 8.1B rounds of ammunition a year

The latest count is 423 Million guns in the USA.

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America’s love affair with guns is only getting stronger.


New federal data shows that there are 422.9 million firearms in circulation, or about 1.2 guns for every person in the country.

What’s more, despite years of criticism of modern “assault-style” rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47, there are a record 17.7 million in private hands, proving that it is the most popular gun around.

And last year alone, the arms industry produced 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition.

The figures are from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and were crunched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade group.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, president of the NSSF, in a statement releasing the group’s new report.

“The modern sporting rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today. The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes and to participate in the recreational shooting sports,” he said.

Gun shops contacted by Secrets said that they are seeing more and more purchases of semiautomatic weapons such as handguns and AR-15s due to the criticism of those guns by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

“Sales have definitely been brisk, especially of small, concealable handguns. We also saw a spike in sales of tactical rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, for which I think we can confidently thank Beto O’Rourke,” said Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the country’s biggest retailers.

During his short presidential campaign, O'Rourke called for a ban on the rifles.

Other details from the NSSF report, shared with Secrets:

•Of all rifles produced in 2017, 54% were modern sporting rifles.
•In 2017, 7,901,218 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,411,923 were pistols and revolvers, 2,821,945 were rifles, and 667,350 were shotguns.
•An interim 2018 estimate showed 7,660,772 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,277,971 were pistols and revolvers, 2,846,757 were rifles, and 535,994 were shotguns.
•Firearms-ammunition manufacturing accounted for nearly 12,000 employees producing more than $4.1 billion in goods shipped in 2017.
•An estimated 8.1 billion rounds, of all calibers and gauges, were produced in 2018 for the U.S. market.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/w...of-ammo-a-year
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To be fair, it's not really the ATF that's saying those things. They're NSSF estimates, in part extrapolated from data published by ATF. Not saying it's right or wrong, but ATF doesn't have the foggiest clue how many "modern sporting rifles" are in consumers hands.
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Numbers are low imo.

They’re NEVER gonna have good numbers for a host of reasons.

They’re NEVER gonna collect all of them...for a host of reasons.

Potential “collectors” will grow increasingly less enthusiastic. Besides morale, they will find dwindling numbers among their ranks. They might also find home tough to find/return to... First couple collections might not be as hard as the next bunch. It will be straight up the steep hill from there dodging copper and lead detritus very step of the way.
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I've never liked the term, "Modern Sporting Rifle". Yes, it's modern, whatever that means. It may be used for sporting purposes. It's a rifle. I think its use is cheesy. It's sort of like calling a really good beer an "alcoholic beverage".
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The ATF publishes a report on firearms commerce every year:
https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/re...eport/download

For a more detailed breakdown of firearms manufactured look here:
https://www.atf.gov/file/133476/download
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Just backs up the assertion that if guns really were the problem, we'd all be dead.

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I've never liked the term, "Modern Sporting Rifle". Yes, it's modern, whatever that means. It may be used for sporting purposes. It's a rifle. I think its use is cheesy. It's sort of like calling a really good beer an "alcoholic beverage".
I find MSR a bit more palatable than assault rifle.

Or we can call them semi-automatic detachable magazine rifles. Throw in intermediate caliber if you want.

Thatís a broad enough category to lump a whole lot of stuff under, but what do you call it that doesnít take an entire sentence to spit out the label?

I am comfortable with MSR as they are actually assault weapons/rifles.
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