If Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected as the next president in November, “firearm sales will really go through the roof.”
That’s the assessment of Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and chairman of SAF’s sister organization, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. His remarks came in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
Gottlieb was discussing a firearms sales surge that has been going on for months. The Free Beacon reported that gun sales have been breaking records for the past year, using data from the FBI’s National Instant Check System (NICS). According to the data, and “adjusted” data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, April set another record and it was not as busy as January, February or March.
According to the NSSF’s weekly “Bullet Points,” the NSSF-adjusted National Instant Check System (NICS) figures show more than 1.13 million background checks conducted in April. That’s a 14.4 percent increase over the number of NICS checks in April 2015.
The Free Beacon said last month “saw the most gun-related background checks of any April on record, making it the 12th month in a row to achieve a high water mark for gun sales.” The story provided full NICS data from the FBI, showing a total of more than 2.14 million background checks conducted in April.
What this reflects, Gottlieb intimated, is that Americans appear to be concerned about gun control and their personal safety. That is especially true in the wake of the terror attack in San Bernardino last December.
“Gun owners and people concerned about personal security have lost trust in the political class to protect their rights,” he told the newspaper. “This record setting firearm sales trend will continue all the way to Election Day.”
This coincides with a continuing high demand for carry permits and licenses around the country. As more people are buying guns, an increasing number want to carry those defensive tools.