Gun Sales Surge To Record High In 2013; Expect Ammo To Spike In 2014

A record 21 million applications were run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) last year – an 8% increase over 2012 and, as The Washington Times reports, the 11th straight year that the number has risen. Background checks serve as a proxy for the number of gun sales, which soared in the months immediately after Sandy Hook (but notably fell in the last 2 months of 2013 as the Newtown and ‘fear of Obama’ effect wore off). “2013 was the best year for firearm sales (commercial, domestic) in history — period!” notes the president of the independent firearm owners association, adding that “Ammunition will still be very strong in 2014 as it hasn’t caught up nationally with the demand.” This could become a problem since, in what many believe was an attempt to ‘crowd out’ private buyers, the Homeland Security Department bought 1.6 billion rounds alone.

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