ATF: Gun Production up 31 Percent, Nearly Tripled Since 2000

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The gun production numbers are in from 2012 and one can reasonably conclude that the Obama administration is great for the firearms industry.

According to figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives there were more than 8.57 million guns produced in the U.S in 2012, which is a 31 percent increase from the prior year and nearly triple from 2000.

The BATFE released the latest Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report this month. These reports, compiled from all gun makers in the country large and small, are delayed a year due to the Trade Secrets Act. Because of this, the latest data report covers 2012.

The detail of the 68-page report (pdf) shows that the U.S. gun industry produced 8.57 million guns in 2012. This is an increase by 31 percent from the 6.54 million produced in 2011, and a 57 percent leap from the 5.45 million produced in the 2010 report.

In fact, in the first four years of the Obama administration, over 26 million guns were produced in the United States, compared with just 25.05 million guns made during the entire eight years of the Bush administration.

Compared with the eight-year Clinton administration’s production figures of 33 million, the current administration is on target to break that figure as well.

US annual gun production figures, largely static from 2000-2008, have risen dramatically in the past four years according to data from the ATF.

U.S. annual gun production figures, largely constant at 3-4 million from 2000-2008, have risen dramatically in the past four years according to data from the ATF.

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