New figures on the explosive growth in the number of gun manufacturers in the United States over the past decade are calling into question the wishful thinking of gun-control advocates who continue to insist that gun ownership is declining.
A Friday feature at NRAILA.org detailed how the number of licenses to manufacture firearms was 3,040 in 2009 when President Barack Obama took office. The most recent data available from ATF put the current figure at 10,958—a more than 250-percent increase over the past eight years.
“Along with month after month of record-setting numbers of background checks conducted by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the incredible growth in firearms manufacturing puts an obvious damper on gun-control advocates’ efforts to push their narrative of declining gun ownership,” the report concluded. “Contrary to these anti-gunners’ deepest desires, Americans’ interest in firearms shows no sign of abating.”
California Gun Owners Pushing Back Against New Laws
California gun owners continue to fight back against the punitively restrictive package of gun-control laws passed by California’s anti-gun legislators and signed earlier this summer by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Veto Gunmageddon is currently circulating petitions to put an initiative on the ballot to kill the measures, which target law-abiding gun owners while ignoring criminals. According to a recent report in the San Jose Mercury-News, the group has until Sept. 29 to collect the nearly 366,000 signatures needed for voters to be able to weigh in on the laws.
If the petition drive is successful, the laws could be placed on hold until they come to a vote in 2018. Among other things, the laws reclassify hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons,” make it illegal to loan firearms to anyone other than family members without going through a dealer, require registration of all ammunition purchases, and ban the possession of magazines that will hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Concealed Carrier Fights Off Armed Robber
A concealed-carry permit holder fought off an armed man trying to rob him on the street Wednesday afternoon in Dover, Del.
According to local media reports, two men were walking down a street when an armed man approached them and attempted to rob them. The men fought back against the robber, who began shooting at them. One of the victims, who was licensed to carry a concealed firearm, pulled his gun and fired back, sending the robber fleeing.
Local police report that nobody was injured in the incident. A suspect was arrested shortly after the attempted robbery and was charged with robbery and other offenses.