Could all the talk about the gun industry’s “Trump Slump” be much ado about nothing? A quick look at newly released March numbers certainly dispels the idea of a precipitous drop so often proclaimed by those in the media: Figures show an increase in gun sales of 5.2 percent over the same period last year.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) adjusted totals—which remove any NICS checks that do not result in sales—1.36 million were performed in March. This compares to last year’s March total of 1.29 million.
While the numbers don’t represent actual firearm sales—only buyer checks—the findings indicate that demand for guns remains strong. As NSSF spokesperson Michael Bazinet told the Washington Free Beacon, “Despite the mainstream news media narrative, which has overemphasized the political component of sales, the sky is not falling for the firearms industry." He noted that we’re seeing a natural cyclical downturn, but “the valley floor is also considerably higher after a decade of increasing participation in the shooting sports.”
Sen. Schumer: Judge Gorsuch Is Why Elections Matter
On Tuesday, the full Senate began consideration of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the end looming for the 60-vote requirement to break an expected Democratic blockade.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tried to twist the confrontation, claiming a false equivalency with the failure of Merrick Garland’s nomination: “We lost one, they lost one,” he said. “We should now get in a room and come up with a compromise.”
Back up, Senator: You lost Garland because voters granted control of the Senate to Republicans in 2014. You’re likely to lose on Gorsuch because they did so again in 2016. A ridiculous equivalency claim will not blunt the will of the people.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Who uttered these words? “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? … Go out there and win an election.” That would be President Barack Obama in 2013, essentially telling Republicans “Elections matter. I won; you lost. Deal with it.”
Your turn, Sen. Schumer.
Kansas Legislature Fights Off Effort To Roll Back Campus Carry
On Tuesday, pro-gun lawmakers in Kansas fended off a maneuver by House Minority Leader Jim Ward to ban the full implementation of the Public Building Security Act before it is set to go into effect on July 1.
Because of Ward’s inability to bring a proposal forth as an amendment to stop implementation, concealed firearms will be legal on college campuses and in public hospitals in Kansas starting this summer. The 2013 law that allowed handguns in most public buildings had given those institutions a four-year exemption.
Anti-gun Kansas lawmakers made several attempts this session to halt the implementation of the law, but have failed each time. The latest failure on Tuesday was a victory for the Sunflower State’s law-abiding gun owners and others who appreciate freedom.