For the first time since 1993, the number of federally licensed retail gun dealers in the U.S. increased slightly in 2010 and 2011, as the country added 1,167 more licensed retail gun dealers, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives records. After the assault weapons ban in 1994, the number of gun dealerships dropped annually until 2010. As of October 2012, there were 50,812 retail gun dealers – that’s 3,303 more than in 2009.
“Business has been very good,” said Frederick Prehn, who a year ago opened a small gun store above his dentistry practice in Wausau, Wis. In the past year, Prehn has relocated twice to larger spaces and gone from one employee to eight.
the gun lobby says the success of the industry does not indicate that Obama is good for Second Amendment rights.
“This is the most dangerous election in our lifetimes,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said in February, a point he’s made regularly during the NRA’s campaign to defeat Obama.
The NRA stands by its 2008 predictions that Obama would be anti-gun.
“Gun owners and hunters fear that a second Obama administration with no future political campaigns to worry about will try to destroy this great American freedom,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said.