Under President Obama and the liberals, gun sales boomed for a reason: people wanted to stock up and make sure they had what the constitution entitled them to before it was taken away. Now, gun sales are dropping for a surprising reason… confidence. Republican leadership doesn’t threaten gun rights, which actually causes less gun sales.
“President Obama was the best gun salesman the world has ever seen,” Karl Sorken, a production manager at Houston-based Battle Rifle Co., told the AP.
In December 2016, the FBI conducted almost 500,000 less background checks then they did in December of 2015. The same trend runs true for January and February of this year. Retailers are also reporting that their gun sales are down.
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Ironically, President Donald Trump’s outspoken support of the Second Amendment and gun manufacturers may actually be contributing to an industry-wide slowdown.
The FBI conducted about 500,000 fewer background checks in December 2016 than it did in 2015, the Washington Post reported. The year-over-year drop off was significant, because the holiday season is normally a busy time for dealers selling guns as Christmas gifts.
Background checks were down in January and February, as well. The 4.3 million checks completed in the first two months of this year were 17 percent fewer than the 5.2 million checks run over the same period in 2016.
“The trends really almost since Election Day or election night have been that gun sales have slacked off,” Robert Spitzer, political science department chairman at State University of New York at Cortland, told the AP. “When you take away Barack Obama and you give the Republicans control of both houses of Congress, which is extremely friendly to the gun lobby, then the political pressure subsides. And that surely is at least a key part of the explanation for the drop-off in sales.”
A silver lining in the negative numbers for gun makers is that background checks remain well above levels seen in the mid-2000s, under the George W. Bush administration. This year’s January-February total was the third-highest on record since the FBI began conducting background checks in 1998, WaPo reported.