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.”