Number of Gun Dealers Increased by 3000 Under President Obama

| by Michael Allen

The NRA has attacked President Obama ever since he took office, accusing him of secretly planning to seize gun owners’ guns.

President Obama has not signed a single new gun regulation and actually signed a law allowing gun owners to bring guns into national parks.

However, NRA head Wayne LaPierre has said that President Obama is actually planning a "conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”

Ironically, the NRA endorsed Mitt Romney for president, even though Romney signed a permanent ban on assault rifles as governor of Massachusetts.

According to the Associated Press, the NRA's paranoia about President Obama has been great for the gun economy:

An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that sales are on the rise, so much so that some gun manufacturers can’t make enough weapons fast enough. Major gun company stock prices are up. The number of federally licensed, retail gun dealers is increasing for the first time in nearly 20 years...

"The driver is President Obama. He’s the best thing that ever happened to the firearm industry,” said Jim Barrett, an industry analyst at C.L. King & Associates Inc. in New York. . .

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.