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400,000,000 and counting!

#1 Post by Ysabel Kid » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:30 am

The US Now Has More Than 400 Million Privately Owned Firearms
Dean Weingarten, 09/04/2017

The number of private firearms in the United States continues to soar. According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) figures just released, the number of firearms added to the private stock in 2015 was 12,945,416. That total lags a bit more than a year because the ATF is legislatively bound to hold the numbers for at least that long before releasing them. This protects the various companies’ proprietary rights and possible competitive advantages that come with the numbers.

The 2015 numbers bring the total number of private firearms in the United States to 388.5 million, almost the total I predicted a year ago. From Gun Watch, 1 September, 2015:
At the end of 2015, the stock should be at 388+ million firearms. Given the current trend, another 12 million or more firearms will be added in 2016, bringing the total stock to 400 million+ firearms by the end of the Obama presidency.

At the end of 2008 and the beginning of the Obama presidency, there were about 308 million private firearms in the United States. After eight years of President Obama in the highest executive position, I predict that there will be over 400 million.

In 2016, there were 27,538,673 NICS checks performed. That conservatively translates into another 15.6 million firearms added to the private stock in the United States.

NICS checks are done for reasons other than firearm purchases. NICS performs a check when people buy firearms from federally licensed dealers in the United States. The system is also used to perform background checks on people applying for firearm carry permits in those states where such permits are required or offered by law.

There’s also the fact that one check is performed when purchasing multiple firearms. So while the number of NICS checks isn’t a perfect measure of the number of firearms sold, a good rule of thumb is that the average number of private firearms added to the US stock is typically about .6 firearms per NICS check.

So “Trump slump” or no, Americans’ demand for for firearms shows no sign of significantly reducing any time soon.

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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#2 Post by gamekeeper » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:55 pm

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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#3 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:37 pm

That is encouraging, but still seems weird; that's barely over one per person...!

There must be LOTS of non-gun-owners out there....!

Most of the people I know own at least a half-dozen, and many of them dozens, if not hundreds. For every 'serious collector', there must be hundreds of non-gun-owners.....!
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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#4 Post by BlaineG » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:33 pm

AJMD429 wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:37 pm
That is encouraging, but still seems weird; that's barely over one per person...!

There must be LOTS of non-gun-owners out there....!

Most of the people I know own at least a half-dozen, and many of them dozens, if not hundreds. For every 'serious collector', there must be hundreds of non-gun-owners.....!
Since only adults can own them, then subtract the ones that cannot legally own them. And, I have several that were owned before the paperwork was required...that might make the numbers a bit more realistic.
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#5 Post by Sixgun » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:05 am

Yea Doc.....and a full 95% of gun owners who own 395,000,000 of those guns will turn them in when "the man" demands they do so......in return for a stomach full of food.-------6.
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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#6 Post by Ysabel Kid » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:51 am

AJMD429 wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:37 pm
That is encouraging, but still seems weird; that's barely over one per person...!

There must be LOTS of non-gun-owners out there....!

Most of the people I know own at least a half-dozen, and many of them dozens, if not hundreds. For every 'serious collector', there must be hundreds of non-gun-owners.....!
And that is the problem on the voting front when it concerns gun rights...
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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#7 Post by stew71 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:16 am

No guns here. Nope. Not one.
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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#8 Post by piller » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:34 am

Mine have all self identified as objects d'art. A couple are even claiming to be trans gender. No firearms in my possession.
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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:35 pm

piller wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:34 am
Mine have all self identified as objects d'art. A couple are even claiming to be trans gender. No firearms in my possession.
Yeah, I think some of mine are now ethnic Guns of Color, and joined Black Guns Matter, so any action against them would be r-a-a-acist... :lol:
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Re: 400,000,000 and counting!

#10 Post by Ysabel Kid » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:13 pm

AJMD429 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:35 pm
piller wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:34 am
Mine have all self identified as objects d'art. A couple are even claiming to be trans gender. No firearms in my possession.
Yeah, I think some of mine are now ethnic Guns of Color, and joined Black Guns Matter, so any action against them would be r-a-a-acist... :lol:
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